Bad news for Steelers fans.  The injury Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered to his throwing shoulder Monday night could be pretty significant, one that could take a while to heal, a source close to the team said.


Roethlisberger is “extremely sore” Tuesday morning and “hurting pretty bad,” the source said. After getting an MRI Monday night, he went for another MRI Tuesday.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin then characterized Roethlisberger’s injury as a shoulder sprain at his news conference Tuesday.

“Obviously, his injury puts his participation in the questionable category,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin described Roethlisberger’s shoulder injury as a “SC sprain.”  The sternoclavicular (SC) joint helps to support the shoulder, linking the bones of the arms and shoulder to the body, according to Roethlisberger’s shoulder injury is still being evaluated.

A source confirmed to ESPN that Roethlisberger also has a rib injury that occurred on the same play. The source said it remains unknown how long the quarterback might be unable to play with the injury to the front of his throwing shoulder.

Another Steelers source told ESPN that the team’s staff was told, “proceed with (backup quarterback Byron (Leftwich). It doesn’t look like you’re going to have Ben this week. We’re looking at next week as a possibility as of right now.”