Another Pittsburgh Steeler got injured. Who would've though? This time, it was Sunday's starting quarterback Landry Jones who went down, as he was stepped on by his own teammate in the first quarter, injuring his ankle. This injury forced Ben Roethlisberger to enter the game, who is dealing with a foot injury of his own.
The Steelers' game plan all week was to have Jones in there as the signal caller. Now, that whole game plan goes out the window. Coming into today, it was assumed that Pittsburgh would run the ball a lot against a very bad Cleveland Browns' rush defense. Now, with Big Ben in the game, it will be interesting to see how the team responds, whether they pound the ball or start to air it out. So far, the rushing game has not been working very well, so the game may possibly come down to the arm and crippled foot of Roethlisberger.
Jones did return to the sideline, though his ankle is heavily taped. If Roethlisberger would re aggravate his injury, it's hard to say who would enter the game at quarterback. Before the game, when asked who is the emergency quarterback, Mike Tomlin answered with Heath Miller. That would all depend on Jones, but the Steelers sure are hoping that they won't be forced to make that decision.
This injury to Jones continues a season of bad luck for the Steelers. Now, Roethlisberger is forced to enter a game that he had no plans of playing in. Hopefully he plays things smart and does not put himself into any situations where he could be in danger. The offensive line really needs to step up and protect Big Ben. With a bye week coming next week, the team really just needs to get out of this game with no major injuries. One to Roethlisberger would be absolutely detrimental.