Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent surgery to repair his broken nose yesterday.
Roethlisberger was injured while being sacked Sunday night by Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata, whose left hand raked across the quarterback’s face during Pittsburgh’s first offensive series. Ngata was not penalized, but he was fined $15,000 by the NFL yesterday.
Roethlisberger bled profusely, but was treated on the sideline and returned to the game without missing any plays. He later threw the winning touchdown pass as Pittsburgh rallied to win, 13-10.
Roethlisberger is expected to play Sunday against Cincinnati. He also underwent nose surgery after being seriously injured in a June 2006 motorcycle accident in Pittsburgh.
Haynesworth blasted Even by Albert Haynesworth standards, it was quite a day. A teammate called him out for being selfish. He was publicly summoned to the coach’s office. A television report suggested he appeared “hung over’’ at practice last week.
The Redskins defensive lineman had his own say. Appearing on a radio station, Haynesworth blamed the report on “haters’’ that don’t like him, said he’s too upset to meet with coach Mike Shanahan today.
“I believe there’s some kind of haters in the organization, that they don’t like me,’’ Haynesworth said. “I don’t know if it’s players, I don’t know if it’s coaches, I don’t know who it is. Obviously somebody who doesn’t like me, which is fine.’’
Haynesworth was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Giants. He said coaches told him it was because he didn’t have a good practice Thursday and was limited at Friday’s practice because of an illness, and was late for a meeting. Comcast SportsNet reported that unnamed sources said Haynesworth appeared hung over Friday.
It’s all been too much for teammate Phillip Daniels, who become emotional when speaking about Haynesworth.
“I’ve been through 15 seasons and I ain’t won [anything]. So what I’m saying is if I can come out here and do this, don’t tell me that you can’t do it,’’ Daniels said. “I want you to realize that if you ain’t all in, you don’t need to be here.’’
Favre could play Interim Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he’d be surprised if Brett Favre, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Bills Sunday, doesn’t make his 298th straight start Sunday against the Giants.
“From what I’ve been told, rest is probably key,’’ Frazier said. “That’s going to be No. 1, and they’ll do some exercises with him to help him as well. But it’s not something that can surgically be attended to. It’s just a matter of rest and then the rehab that they’re going to put him through.’’
Bryant’s season over Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant had surgery on his fractured right ankle and is done for the season. Coach Jason Garrett said doctors repaired the broken bones and ligament damage suffered during the return of a kickoff in the fourth quarter Sunday in Indianapolis. Bryant is facing 3-4 months of rehabilitation . . . Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda is out for the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Sepulveda, who caught his cleats in the turf Sunday night in Baltimore, missed the 2008 season with the same injury . . . Rams outside linebacker Na’il Diggs is out for the rest of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Diggs would have surgery this week, and that the anticipated recovery time is five months. . . . The Broncos placed linebacker Joe Mays (left knee) and tight end Dan Gronkowski (left ankle) on injured reserve.
McClain takes big hit The NFL fined Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain $40,000 for his helmet hit that left Steelers tight end Heath Miller with a concussion. Despite the NFL’s stricter enforcement of potentially dangerous hits, McClain was not penalized for a hit that bent Miller’s head and neck backward during the third quarter Sunday night . . . The Vikings are expected to sign running back Lorenzo Booker, who played for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials this season . . . Don Meredith, the former Cowboys quarterback who served as a folksy foil for Howard Cosell on ABC’s “Monday Night Football’’ and helped carve out the niche for colorful ex-athlete broadcasters, died Sunday in Santa Fe, N.M., after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. He was 72. Obituary, B14.