My husband Scott and I are “co-owners” of a fantasy football team this year. We picked our players together during the draft and had VERY high hopes with some of our returning picks (Packers Defense anyone??). But our Achilles heel, pun intended, was our Quarterback pick, Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Big Ben obviously had a great season last year and we were oh so confident that he was an AWESOME pick for our 2011 FF team.
I won’t talk about weeks 1-3. They were enough to bench him. But now, after the Steelers tough loss to the Houston Texans last week, our thoughts of sitting Big Ben are serious and definitely ‘foot related’. (Our back up is Kyle Orton, you can see the dilemma here!) The highlight’s from the game tell the full story – stepping onto his left foot and having an opposing team player bend and twist it in the wrong direction sent chills up my husband’s spine and me Googling what Roethlisberger’s MRI looked like to see if it was a lisfranc dislocation.
Ben has played, and played WELL, with serious foot and ankle problems in the past. The repetitive trauma to his feet will leave him with arthritis and residual pain, no doubt, but fortunately this injury DOES appear to be less serious and he already has experience with that protective boot. The real question is, SHOULD he play? When huge salaries and entire seasons (and a city’s love) are on the line, Ben has a huge decision to make. Risk further, more painful injury on a week foot or appropriately rehab it once and for all.
So do we bench him? That is our $20 question (the entry fee into our FF league!). We have already been pummeled by our opponents (yeah, we are the Miami Dolphins of the FF league) so far this year so what could it hurt to see if he can make some magic with that boot? Besides Denver (and Orton) aren’t looking very good either as our backup options…