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    Big Ben was released from the hospital last night around 12:00
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    From: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2484472

    Big Ben released from hospital; jaw not wired shut:
    PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger was released from a hospital late Wednesday night after spending more than two days recovering from facial injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

    The Steelers quarterback left Mercy Hospital a little before midnight. It was unclear where he went, said team spokesman Dave Lockett.

    On Wednesday afternoon, doctors said Roethlisberger's broken jaw did not have to be wired shut, a factor that could hasten his recovery from his scary motorcycle accident.

    Roethlisberger's doctors said a second round of tests again showed no brain injuries, although he has a concussion. Initial CT scans taken shortly after Roethlisberger's motorcycle collided with a car at a busy Pittsburgh intersection Monday morning also showed no apparent problems.

    "The results of this second and final scan confirm our previous findings that Mr. Roethlisberger has suffered no brain injury," said Dr. Larry Jones, the chief of Mercy Hospital's trauma unit.

    His release was kept a secret from the Pittsburgh media, which has stationed reporters and cameras at the hospital each day. The hospital released a statement saying that it "respected the wishes and privacy of Mr. Roethlisberger and his family" by not confirming his discharge until about nine hours later.

    Because Roethlisberger's multiple facial fractures, broken nose and broken upper and lower jaw are being held in place by screws and 2-inch titanium plates, he can eat soft foods -- and not be restricted to liquids -- during an estimated six-to-eight-week recovery period.

    "We take a titanium plate, bend it and adapt it to the contours of the facial bones and then secure it in place with screws," surgeon Daniel Pituch said. "This kind of state-of-the-art technology allowed us to successfully treat Mr. Roethlisberger's facial fractures."

    As a result, the 240-pound Roethlisberger probably won't lose as much weight as he would have on an all-liquid diet. The Steelers have not given a timetable for his return, but they are optimistic he will be ready for their Sept. 7 opener against Miami.

    One of the team's concerns was how long Roethlisberger would need to regain his weight and strength after being unable to work out for what might be an extended period.

    Roethlisberger got out of his bed to greet visitors, less than 48 hours after being admitted to a hospital located only a few blocks from the crash site.

    Players who visited with Roethlisberger said he is upbeat, and they are convinced he will be back quickly and with no diminished skills. Counting the playoffs, the Steelers have a 27-4 record with Roethlisberger at quarterback and have advanced to two AFC championship games and won a Super Bowl during his two seasons as a starter.

    But while Roethlisberger won't have to be on a soup-only diet, he missed out on a $2 million Campbell's Chunky Soup commercial that began filming Wednesday at Heinz Field with other Steelers players. Roethlisberger and his stepmother, Brenda, were to have been the stars of the commercial.

    The repercussions of Roethlisberger's accident already are rippling across the NFL, with players and agents predicting all teams will begin to insert clauses restricting motorcycle riding and other such activities into all player contracts.

    Roethlisberger's 2004 contract did not contain a clause -- almost certainly because the Steelers weren't aware that he liked to ride motorcycles. The quarterback's agent, Leigh Steinberg, received a letter from the Steelers last year warning that his cycle riding could violate the universal contract clause prohibiting dangerous activities outside of football.

    However, it seems unlikely the team would try to enforce the contract by attempting to recover money from Roethlisberger, even if he were sidelined for a lengthy period. He is seen by the Steelers as the key to their franchise for years to come, and such an action could make it less likely Roethlisberger would re-sign with the Steelers once his contract expires after the 2009 season.

    "Everyone, the whole league, was shocked over Roethlisberger's accident," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. "I think we all see how that circumstance came about, how dangerous that is. ... We have a rule that players are not to ride a motorcycle during the season. But in the offseason, it is very difficult to control all those things."

    Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan wondered if NFL players should wait until their careers are over before taking up activities such as motorcycle riding.

    "Here is a guy who is just basically getting started in his career and his career has been phenomenal so far. To see something like that happen -- something that can be avoided -- it's unfortunate," Strahan said. "I think you sit and learn that you can do a lot of those things when you are done playing."


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    • #3
      Heres to a speedy recovery Ben.
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      • #4
        One thing that I think Big Ben and everyond else should worry about is the damage he had to his head. He may suffer from severe migraines now. Or may be prone to concussions now. Remember what Troy Aikman went through?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dawgfan
          One thing that I think Big Ben and everyond else should worry about is the damage he had to his head. He may suffer from severe migraines now. Or may be prone to concussions now. Remember what Troy Aikman went through?
          It is true that once you get one, you are more susceptible to others.


          But you have to recieve the same type of blow.



          It is highly unlikely that he will hit the front part of his head/face like that in a game, since he will be wearing a helmet.


          But yes, he should be watched more closely by trainers and team doctors.

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          • #6
            "Big Ben has been released" ... much to the chagrin of Bengal fans...

            From: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06166/698372-66.stm

            Trash-talking NFL fans waste no time reveling in Roethlisberger's misfortune:
            For those who thought Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer displayed a childish attitude in Sports Illustrated a few weeks back when he proclaimed "I hate the Steelers," wait until they get a load of what some Bengals fans had to say in the moments after Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident Monday.

            As the news and pictures were posted on internet Web sites, some Bengals backers at Bengalszone.com made light of the fact that the Steelers' quarterback had sustained severe injuries, with many of them proclaiming that justice had been served. A few Cincinnati fans said in their messages that it served Roethlisberger and the Steelers right because former Steelers defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, they contended, intentionally injured Palmer in an AFC wild-card game at Paul Brown Stadium in January.

            "Irony, they cheap shot their way to a Super Bowl, now karma comes in," wrote a poster with the handle Spain.

            Another poster with the handle jjakg27 wrote: "What comes around ..."

            Cantonbengal posted: "This is what I been waiting to see happen to the Steelers they all laughed at us when Carson went down. At least, Carson isn't [stupid] like Ben ... hopefully he might miss some time this season."

            The messages were posted in the moments or hours after the accident Monday when the severity of Roethlisberger's condition was unclear.

            The ill will toward Roethlisberger and the Steelers was not confined to Cincinnati cyberspace. Message boards from around the NFL were filled with tasteless comments about Roethlisberger and the accident. At a Cleveland Browns fan site, TheBrownsBoard.com, one poster dubbed the quarterback "Ben Toothlessberger" and noted that he is now "right at home with all those Pittsburgh inbreds."

            A poster with the handle flugel wondered: "who is wearing a bigger turban today? Bin Laden or Ben Ridin'?" Flugel also noted that "there's something about Steelers quarterbacks bouncing off hard surfaces that keeps this rivalry fun."

            That was a reference to Terry Bradshaw getting dumped on his head by Cleveland defensive lineman Joe "Turkey" Jones at old Municipal Stadium in 1976.

            Fans of the Baltimore Ravens also got into the act. Only moments after the accident, Revo2001 posted: "HAHA" followed by an expletive. A few hours later CRAVNRAVN posted: "Raven baby are now the favs to claim the division!"

            So why do some football fans react in such a crazed manner in the wake of a potential tragedy?

            Dr. Paul Friday, the director of clinical psychology at UPMC Shady Side, said the posters of these comments are people with psychological problems whose brains never fully developed.

            Friday said the human brain does not fully develop until 25 years of age, which, he said, might explain why Roethlisberger, who is 24, decided to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. Friday said the posters are either too young to know better or are people whose brains never completely wired, which can happen due to a number of circumstances, including class and culture.

            "The people who are blogging in Cincinnati, they're the ones whose brains never fully develop," Friday said. "They don't perspectivize human tragedy. They don't learn to think effectively. These people are not normal. We're talking about a fringe element. We're dealing with the screaming people who are venting. These are elements that are not representative of their communities. They are representatives of their own minds."

            Friday said posters on Internet message boards hide behind their keyboards and write things they would never have the courage to say aloud in public. He said posters who write tasteless messages use football and the rivalries between teams as a way of getting out their aggression in a non-violent manner. It's not necessarily a new phenomenon, just one that is more evident because of the instant communication that is available via the Internet.

            "We have a degree of transference on sports figures," Friday said. "It's a way of vicariously going to battle. People can blog and send thoughts, and feel a self-induced empowerment."

            The Steelers' success also is part of the equation, he said. If the Steelers had not won the Super Bowl in February, people would not post such vitriolic messages. The Steelers are kings of the mountain, and their players are being transformed from humans into symbols, waiting to be knocked from their high perch.

            "We identify with our champions," Friday said. "Maybe 3,000 years ago when we were still throwing rocks at each other, the Davids wanted to hit the Goliaths between the eyes. Every year now, we anoint a new Goliath. And we are the new Goliath after winning the Super Bowl.

            "Our heroes are no longer humans. They're symbols. Ben is no longer Mrs. Roethlisberger's son or someone who is coming to dinner. He is someone who represents the wars that take place. And there are no bigger wars than the ones that take place in the 5 1/2 inches between our ears."
            Last edited by BroncoFanCam; 06-15-2006, 11:02 AM.


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            • #7
              This thread title really freaked me out for a minute...
              Go Broncos, make me keep believing this year

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncoFanCam
                "Big Ben has been released" ... much to the chagrin of Bengal fans...

                From: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06166/698372-66.stm
                I was about to post this.

                Trust me, the fans that are mentioned in this story are in the minority. We've had a few idiots make more than a fair amount of light of the story, but I assure you, we're all rooting for Ben to recover.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WhoDeyBengals
                  I was about to post this.

                  Trust me, the fans that are mentioned in this story are in the minority. We've had a few idiots make more than a fair amount of light of the story, but I assure you, we're all rooting for Ben to recover.
                  I was in no way targeting you with that WhoDey...

                  You know we all love you...

                  Time for a group hug...

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                  • #10
                    Hope he makes the first game
                    Club Leader: Robert Griffin III > Andrew Luck

                    ^^^Get used to it.^^^

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MN-Broncofreak
                      This thread title really freaked me out for a minute...
                      I could see why it would.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MN-Broncofreak
                        This thread title really freaked me out for a minute...

                        LOL at least it didnt say big Bubba
                        Club Leader: Robert Griffin III > Andrew Luck

                        ^^^Get used to it.^^^

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                        • #13
                          lets hope he learned to wear a freaking helmet
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                          • #14
                            You know what I have to say about that BFC?

                            Where was that writer when the Browns message board became full of Steeler fans the second they heard news of Winslow's accident. He didn't write one thing about that invasion. Every single Steelers fan I have encountered in life as well as in chat rooms all laughed about what happened to Winslow. The second it happened. So that writer first off should be lecturing the people in Pittsburgh about the mayhem they caused on Browns message boards when Winslow was injured before lecturing everyone else.

                            This is a typical article of a 'King of the Hill' Steeler. He attempts to make the Steelers look like some world-class organization. He even goes off in this article and talks smack about every AFC North Team. Why doesn't he go to the Raiders board as wand see what smack they said? But no. He instead decides to only go after the AFC North.
                            Last edited by Charlie Brown; 06-15-2006, 06:39 PM.
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                            • #15
                              <-------------------- that is what i looked like when i saw the released part hehe

                              all cleared up now, he was released from the hospital, just idiocy on my part

                              here's to Big Ben on a speedy recovery

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