PITTSBURGH — An inconclusive X-ray left Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline for many of the second half of Sunday’s 24-21 loss in Oakland.

Coach Mike Tomlin stated Tuesday that the X-ray for Roethlisberger’s rib damage was “not clearly readable” through the halftime analysis, presumably due to dated gear.

Additional assessments in Pittsburgh confirmed a number of rib contusions, although Roethlisberger is expected to play Sunday towards the New England Patriots.

That is the most recent information in a busy time for the reeling Steelers, who’re additionally making an attempt out kickers in mild of Chris Boswell’s struggles.

“We by no means actually had a full understanding particularly what the damage was on the stadium website,” stated Tomlin, whose Steelers have misplaced three straight. “As a result of of the shortage of info, we thought one of the best factor to do, probably the most prudent factor to do, was to solely to make Ben out there in emergency-like conditions.”

Roethlisberger exited the sport with 10 seconds left within the second quarter and spent most of the second half on the sideline, returning with 5:20 left to orchestrate a landing drive. The Raiders countered with a fourth-down rating on the aim line, and Boswell slipped on a 40-yard discipline aim try that will have tied the sport.

“The crew — and once I say ‘the crew,’ it is [general manager Kevin] Colbert, it is everyone — was type of like, ‘Let’s let this factor play out,’ as a result of I feel it was nonetheless the unknown of the damage,” Roethlisberger stated throughout his weekly radio present with 93.7 The Fan. “I feel what they have been most likely anxious about was making it worse as a result of we did not know what the damage was. You need to play until you suppose you are going to damage your crew.”

Roethlisberger stated he advised Tomlin he was out there if wanted.

As for Boswell, his six missed discipline objectives and 5 missed additional factors have pressured the Steelers to look elsewhere, but it surely feels like Boswell may get one other likelihood this week.

Boswell is Four-for-Eight in Pittsburgh’s 5 losses, however after signing a contract extension in August value round $20 million, the Steelers would take up $Four.Eight million in lifeless cash in 2019 ought to they minimize him.

“We acknowledge that Chris has struggled to discover constant footing,” Tomlin stated. “We’re prepared to discover choices to give us the perfect probabilities of that ball going by way of the uprights this weekend. That stated, these choices embody Chris.”

In different damage information, the Steelers are hopeful working again James Conner (sprained ankle) can return Sunday. Backups Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley mixed for 32 yards on 16 carries in Oakland.

“He had a very spectacular week [of rehab] final week. We’ll see what this week holds,” Tomlin stated.

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