Producers didn't give ESPN's Monday Night Football crew enough warning before heading out to them live for a postgame wrap-up from Heinz Field, leading to this bit of inside chatter amongst the panelists—most noticeably, Rick Reilly ensuring that Stuart Scott gave him the credit for being "first on Twitter" with news about Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury (much to Steve Young's visible chagrin).
What news was that, though, exactly? Roethlisberger has a sprained shoulder, something that was reported first by Reilly's colleague Adam Schefter. Indeed, here's the vague and not-very-informative tweets Reilly posted tonight:
Just watched Roethlisberger leave the stadium in his car, wearing shorts and a sling.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
Asked Roethlisberger as he was leaving how bad his shoulder was. He just shook his head. Was wearing sling on right shoulder. Left w/ wife.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
Just guessing Roethlisberger was leaving to go get an MRI.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
We texted a Steelers spokesman to ask if Roethlisberger was headed to a medical destination. He said "no"— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, says the QB IS headed to hospital to have right shoulder checked out. Said its a "non-traditional" inj— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
Roethlisberger's agent also said the injury to his shoulder is "unique — not something they see much."— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 13, 2012
Okay, so Reilly reported that Roethlisberger had suffered a shoulder injury—something a Pittsburgh columnist reported more than a half hour before Reilly. Another writer from the same paper reported the Steelers QB was headed the hospital five minutes before ESPN. We're at a loss as to for what Reilly thinks he ought to be given credit, other than happening to have Roethlisberger's agent's number in his iPhone. But, then, as we learned earlier today ESPN is pretty well out of the journalism business.