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tommykat
06-12-2006, 08:35 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2480830

Bad news......

tommykat
06-12-2006, 08:36 PM
Updated: June 12, 2006, 10:29 PM ET
Big Ben in serious condition after motorcycle accident


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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6770), the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet. Roethlisberger remained in serious but stable condition following seven hours surgery that ended at approximately 9 p.m. ET, according to Dr. Daniel Pituch, Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Mercy Hospital. His condition is not expected to change throughout the evening, Pituch said at a news conference.Clayton's take http://espn.go.com/i/columnists/clayton_john_m.jpgThe reason the Steelers and most teams don't put specific language into contracts about off-the-field accidents is that they don't feel it's necessary. The NFL Management Council has advised teams to use the phrasing "for any reason" in regards to a player who defaults on his contract because of an injury suffered outside of football. Roethlisberger's accident is a good reason why. To read more of John Clayton's Quick Hits, click here (http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=clayton_john#20060612). http://sports.espn.go.com/i/in.gif "He was talking to me before he left for the operating room," Jones said before the operation. "He's coherent. He's making sense. He knows what happened. He knows where he is. From that standpoint, he's very stable." ESPN.com's John Clayton has confirmed that Roethlisberger also suffered a 9-inch laceration to the back of his head, has lost or chipped a number of teeth and has minor injuries to his knees from hitting the pavement. A plastic surgeon has been called in. Roethlisberger's mother, Brenda, was crying as she arrived at the hospital. Roethlisberger's father and sister were also at the hospital. Steelers coach Bill Cowher cut short his vacation to return to Pittsburgh, and arrived at the hospital shortly after 9 p.m. ET. Steelers president Art Rooney said the team was "encouraged by the early reports from the medical team" at the hospital. "I am sure Ben knows that we are praying for his complete recovery," he said. The 24-year-old Roethlisberger was without a helmet, police said. He has said he likes to ride without one, a habit that once prompted a lecture from Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher. Roethlisberger's contract does not have a specific clause regarding riding a motorcycle, Clayton confirmed. Roethlisberger was between radio interviews and on his black 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa -- a large, racing-style bike -- and heading toward an intersection on the edge of downtown. A silver Chrysler New Yorker traveling in the opposite direction took a left turn and collided with the motorcycle, and Roethlisberger was thrown, police said. http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0612/nfl_a_roethlisbergerbike_275.jpg
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Roethlisberger was riding this motorcycle when he collided with an automobile in Pittsburgh on Monday morning.


The other car was driven by a 62-year-old woman, police said. They didn't immediately release her name and no charges were filed.Witness Sandra Ford was waiting at a bus stop when she said she saw the motorcycle approach. Seconds later, she said she heard a crash, saw the motorcyclist in the air and ran toward the crash scene."He wasn't moving and I was afraid that he had died. ... He wasn't really speaking. He seemed dazed but he was resisting the effort to make him stay down," said Ford, who didn't realize the motorcyclist was Roethlisberger. Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Kraus said police and homicide units were investigating the crash, something standard when there is an accident with critical injuries. Kraus would give no details on the extent of Roethlisberger's injuries or if anyone else was injured. The accident occurred on Second Avenue near the intersection of 10th Street in Pittsburgh, around 11:30 a.m. The route is one often taken in traveling to the Steelers' facility in the Southside section of the city. Several teammates, including backup quarterback Charlie Batch (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4319), linebacker Joey Porter (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4723) and safety Mike Logan (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=3925), arrived at the hospital emergency room but did not comment. A silver Chrysler New Yorker with damage to the front passenger fender was removed and Roethlisberger's bike was loaded onto a flatbed truck. Police were detouring traffic around the crash scene as onlookers and media gathered. http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0612/nfl_a_roethlisberger_275.jpg
AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Paint outlines puddles of oil and blood on the street where Roethlisberger collided with an automobile while riding a motorcycle on Monday.


One of his agents, Ryan Tollner, was en route to Pittsburgh for what was supposed to be a pre-planned trip and was to arrive later Monday.In only his second year in the NFL, Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship. He was 23 when he did it last February. In May 2005, Cowher warned him about safe riding after Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6765) was injured in a motorcycle accident. Winslow tore knee ligaments and was lost for the season. Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding his motorcycle. Roethlisberger has pointed out Pennsylvania's 35-year-old state law requiring helmets to be worn was amended in September 2003 to make helmets optional. "He talked about being a risk-taker and I'm not really a risk-taker. I'm pretty conservative and laid back, but the big thing is to just be careful," Roethlisberger said at the time. "I'll just continue to be careful. I told him we don't ever ride alone, we always ride in a group of people, and I think it makes it even more safe." Roethlisberger continued to ride after Winslow's accident and that angered Terry Bradshaw, who quarterbacked the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories during the 1970s. Visiting the Steelers' training camp last summer, Bradshaw remarked: "Ride it when you retire." ESPN.com football writers Len Pasquarelli and John Clayton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

the Talking Can
06-12-2006, 08:36 PM
i hadn't heard

Dartgod
06-12-2006, 08:37 PM
No Way! WE LANDED ON THE MOON!

VonneMarie
06-12-2006, 08:38 PM
OMG! Really? :rolleyes:

Adept Havelock
06-12-2006, 08:43 PM
In an unrelated story, General Francisco Franco is still dead.

Monkeylook4food
06-12-2006, 08:43 PM
gochiefs starts better threads.

JBucc
06-12-2006, 08:44 PM
gochiefs starts better threads.I start better threads.

The Red Sea
06-12-2006, 08:44 PM
Odd as I read this thread title I had a strange sense of DeJaVu...like I had already read five of these threads within the last ten hours or so.

tommykat
06-12-2006, 08:46 PM
Odd as I read this thread title I had a strange sense of DeJaVu...like I had already read five of these threads within the last ten hours or so.

Really? I am not at the computer all day.......sorry for repost then.

Monkeylook4food
06-12-2006, 08:47 PM
Really? I am not at the computer all day.......sorry for repost then.

Yeah, but you are on the computer now, no?

Potentially you could glance down the page to see if there are any 200 post threads about the very same subject.

JBucc
06-12-2006, 08:47 PM
Really? I am not at the computer all day.......sorry for repost then.
I'd tell you to use the search function but I doubt you'd find anything for Rowthlisberger

VonneMarie
06-12-2006, 08:48 PM
I'd tell you to use the search function but I doubt you'd find anything for Rowthlisberger
ROFL

SPchief
06-12-2006, 08:52 PM
Shocking, I'm simply amazed at this news.












btw
who the hell is Rowthlisberger??

StcChief
06-12-2006, 09:14 PM
In an unrelated story, General Francisco Franco is still dead.

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/search.php?searchid=117577

Can we turn it into a Sat Night Live....sacarastic event.
[chevy chase]
General Fernado Franco is still dead comedy....
[/chevy chase]

and so it that Islamofacist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Bugeater
06-12-2006, 10:15 PM
I start better threads.
Yes, your "Welp" thread was riveting.

Jesus
06-12-2006, 10:28 PM
I'd tell you to use the search function but I doubt you'd find anything for Rowthlisberger

That's mean. Funny, but mean.

Ari Chi3fs
06-12-2006, 10:31 PM
Yeah, but you are on the computer now, no?

Potentially you could glance down the page to see if there are any 200 post threads about the very same subject.

wow. The n00bs are taking over.