PITTSBURGH — An inconclusive Xray abandoned Steelers Quarter Back Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline for most of the second half of Sunday’s 24-21 loss in Oakland.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the xray to get Roethlisberger’s rib injury was”perhaps not certainly readable” through the half time evaluation, possibly because of dated equipment.

Further evaluations in Pittsburgh revealed multiple barbell contusions, though Roethlisberger is likely to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

This is the newest news in a crowded time for the reeling Steelers, who are also looking out kickers in light of Chris Boswell‘s struggles.

“We never really had a full understanding specifically what the injury has been on the scene site,” said Tomlin, whose Steelers have lost three straight. “Because of the lack of advice, we thought that the best thing todo, that the most sensible thing to do, was to only make Ben available in emergency-like scenarios .”

Roethlisberger exited the match with 10 seconds and spent the majority of the next half on the side line, returning with 5:20 left to orchestrate a touchdown drive. The Raiders countered at the goal line, and Boswell slipped.

“The team — when I say’the team’ it’s [general manager Kevin] Colbert, it’s everyone — was kind of like,’Let us let that thing play out,’ because I believe it had been the unknown of the injury,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show using 93.7 The Fan. “I guess what these were probably focused on was making it worse as people did not understand very well what the injury was. You wish to play unless you think you’re likely to hurt your team.”

Roethlisberger said he told Tomlin he had been available when needed.

As for Boswell, five and his six missed field targets missed extra points have pushed the Steelers to look else where , but it appears like Boswell might get yet another chance.

Boswell is 4-for-8 in Pittsburgh’s five losses, but after signing a contract extension in August values around $20 million, the Steelers will consume $4.8 million in dead money in 2019 should he cut him.

“We acknowledge that Chris has struggled to find consistent footing,” Tomlin said. “We are willing to explore options to give us the absolute best opportunities of this ball moving right through the uprights this weekend. Having said that, those options comprise Chris.”

In other injury news, the Steelers are optimistic running back James Conner (sprained ankle) can go back for Sunday.

“He had a really impressive week [of rehab] a week. We’ll see what this week holds,” Tomlin said.

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