Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he merely aggravated an old injury in the closing minutes of Sunday's blowout win over the Miami Dolphins and will be ready for next weekend's AFC divisional showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Roethlisberger claimed in an email to the Post-Gazette that an MRI exam on Monday revealed nothing significant.
"It showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe," he said.
"I should be good to go."
Roethlisberger added he is already out of the walking boot that raised concerns when he was seen wearing it following Sunday's 30-12 win at Heinz Field.
The 34-year-old was hurt when Cameron Wake rolled over on his right foot with 4:34 remaining on a play that resulted in an interception. He appeared to have trouble getting off the field but returned to do victory formation duties when Pittsburgh got the ball back for the final play of the game.
That the quarterback was still playing at all raised some eyebrows, as running back Le'Veon Bell already had been pulled to preserve him for the next game.
It is perhaps wise to take Roethlisberger's statements with a grain of salt, particularly when no one is actually present to see how he is moving, but it would be a massive surprise if the veteran is unable to go come Sunday in Kansas City.