It looks as though the Steelers narrowly avoided a major injury during their final practice of training camp.
As reported earlier by The Associated Press, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger injured his right foot or ankle Thursday when LT Max Starks stepped on him. The Steelers’ official Web site reports that Roethlisberger “injured his foot.” NFL.com’s Steve Wyche has followed up on the injury, reporting that it’s not a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon, although more tests could be done.
Roethlisberger spent the remainder of practice sitting on a cooler with an ice pack on the back of his ankle, but he was able to walk to midfield for an end-of-practice huddle before leaving the field on a golf cart. There is no official word from the Steelers on the severity of the injury.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to speak with reporters, according to The AP, and team spokesman Dave Lockett confirmed that someone stepped on Roethlisberger’s foot but gave no other update.
In a more light-hearted move on the team’s final day of camp, veteran kicker Jeff Reed pulled a fast one on his teammates, duping the entire team into believing it was headed to the movies — a training-camp ritual — instead of having morning practice.