The Pittsburgh Steelers are arguably the most banged-up team in the league, with numerous players dealing with ailments.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not one of them, but he has a theory as to why his team can’t seem to shake the injury bug.
“We have a lot of injuries,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette. “I think a lot of our stuff stems from we’re one of the most physical football teams in training camp, in practice, you know. We do more hitting than most teams do and more (practices in) pads.”
The list of Steelers who are or have been injured at one point of the season includes offensive tackles Marcus Gilbert and Ryan Harris, guard Ramon Foster, lineman Cody Wallace, receivers Eli Rogers and Markus Wheaton, defensive backs Robert Golden and Senquez Golson, fullback Roosevelt Nix and linebacker Ryan Shazier. Most recently, the Steelers also lost defensive end Cam Heyward and special teamer Shamarko Thomas.
That’s a long catalog of injuries and provides merit to Roethlisberger’s statement. The league has limited the number of padded practices throughout training camp and the regular season in an attempt to reduce injuries. Some teams have more violent practices than others, however.
That gives Pittsburgh an advantage to an extent. But, perhaps coach Mike Tomlin should evaluate how his team is practicing and make some tweaks to possibly prevent more injuries.