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Roethlisberger may sit out Sunday

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might not play on Sunday after all.

Although Roethlisberger practiced Friday and reportedly passed all the necessary medical tests, he is now reportedly considering taking a week off because of concerns related to the concussion he suffered last week in Kansas City.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network cites an unnamed league source as saying that Roethlisberger told Steelers coach Mike Tomlin today that he might sit out Sunday’s game against the Ravens as a precaution.

According to La Canfora, Roethlisberger told Tomlin he fears getting hit in the head again just a week after suffering a concussion. Roethlisberger plans to tell the team on Saturday morning whether he thinks he’s ready to go.

If Roethlisberger sits out, the Steelers will have a major question mark at quarterback. With backup Charlie Batch out with a wrist injury, Dennis Dixon would start in place of Roethlisberger.
Dixon has played in only one NFL game and thrown just one pass.

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  1. GoBrowns19 says: Nov 27, 2009 6:35 PM

    At least we won’t have to hear all the annoying steeler fans’ fat asses going on and on these playoffs!

  2. Bill.Polian says: Nov 27, 2009 6:43 PM

    If he does sit out this is probably the first smart thing Roethlisberger has ever done.

  3. KENTUCKY FUK NUCKLE says: Nov 27, 2009 6:44 PM

    Goddam-it bigBen ,I already filled out my gamblin sheets…

  4. stiller43 says: Nov 27, 2009 6:51 PM

    Dennis Dixon’s time to shine.

  5. iron3232 says: Nov 27, 2009 6:52 PM

    I’d say something negative about Browns’ fans behavior during playoffs, but I can’t recall that far back

  6. bigbolt says: Nov 27, 2009 6:54 PM

    wow, the media is getting in Ben’s head. No pun intended. The media has just been beating this whole concussion thing into the ground. How come the same attention isn’t bein paid to Kurt Warner in Arizona?

  7. slipkid says: Nov 27, 2009 6:54 PM

    he thinks they dont need him to beat balto.
    he is suffering the effects still.

  8. CharmCityRavens says: Nov 27, 2009 7:03 PM

    Lil’ Ben is the biggest drama queen in the entire NFL. If he does end up playing, after the game he’ll tell the media he played the whole game with a fractured vertebrae, a cracked cranium and two dislocated knees. His face alone has gained 10 pounds since he was a rookie, so he’s got plenty of cushioning to protect that oversized melon atop his shoulder pads. Is this the same guy that was riding a motorcycle without a helmet (even though he wears one for his occupation), and now he’s worried about getting hit in the head?! Get in the game Ben, the Ravens don’t want Syringeburg fans to have any excuses come Monday morning. Our D will hit you so hard, you won’t remember that the Black’n’Fold won’t be anywhere near the postseason….ahhh let the best and nastiest rivalry in football commence. Counting the minutes till Sunday night!

  9. JCD says: Nov 27, 2009 7:09 PM

    The team should be telling their quarterback to sit out, regardless of who their backup is. Seriously, with the spotlight firmly on the NFL and concussions, they have no choice but to sit him this week.

  10. seabs926 says: Nov 27, 2009 7:13 PM

    Wasn’t this the same guy who said that Casey Hampton might be cut before Week 1? This guy has proven that he knows nothing about the Steelers. In fact, Roethlisberger has been saying the exact opposite of what La Cuntfora is saying. He isn’t worrying about his safety any more than he normally does.

  11. Bmore Styles says: Nov 27, 2009 7:13 PM

    Jen drawing attention to herself… What’s new?

  12. bearsrule says: Nov 27, 2009 7:21 PM

    The article paints it as Ben’s decision. If he sits on his own, especially against a team with a physical reputation, his reputation will take a huge hit. Raven fans will be on that like crazed vipers. This could get fun.

  13. stefanovich says: Nov 27, 2009 7:33 PM

    So much for “the team of the decade.” How is that repeat coming along, Pittsburgh?

  14. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Nov 27, 2009 7:39 PM

    Throw his ass out there he’s already had plenty of concussions what’s another one?

  15. Chad says: Nov 27, 2009 7:42 PM

    CharmCity Ravens
    He single handedly wiped out your defense (which in 2008 were very solid) so I can understand you hating on him by joking his head size and accident, but you got a lot of nerve talking while your QB who only has half the talent of Ben, looks like Bert from Bert&Ernie with a very annoying overbite. That’s why he doesn’t smile often–Steelers will be given gifts from this buck toothed goofball on Sunday night!Steelers 24Ravens 13

  16. ncsteeler says: Nov 27, 2009 7:49 PM

    If Ben doesn’t play and Steelers lose they definitely need to win the rematch in Dec. and probably 3 of the other 4 (OAK, CLEV, MIA and GB) all winnable. On the off-chance that they win Dixon, it will be all the sweeter.

  17. Vox's Mommy says: Nov 27, 2009 7:58 PM

    IRON3232….that made me laugh =)
    A Browns fans commenting on Steelers fans’ fat asses…LOL. That’s the pot calling the kettle black if I’ve ever seen it! Browns fans….scum of the earth…well that’s not surprising considering Cleveland is the arm-pit of America.

  18. steelerz_fanatic says: Nov 27, 2009 7:58 PM

    wow! alot of talk from a ravens fan who lost 3 to us last year and oh yeah cant even touch the 6 rings we have so when you win 5 more then come talk.one more thing how many yards did your d give up to cedric benson?

  19. Vox's Mommy says: Nov 27, 2009 8:00 PM

    charmcityravens…..
    Your defense if your teams largest weakness this year. Get over your aging birds already.
    Syringeburg??? I don’t get it, coming from someone in Baltimore that’s pretty ironic. One of the largest murder rates in the entire country LOL. Yeah…Baltimore…the epitomy of CHARM!!! LMAO

  20. Bens Attorney says: Nov 27, 2009 8:09 PM

    I would not get to bent out of shape.
    This is the same hack that reported that the Steelers was going to trade Hampton , and we see Hampton is still there .
    Think about it guys, If the Steelers organization and Tomlin thought for one minute that Ben would not be able to play, do you think that they would have not signed a good back up not a Qb to the practice squad. And do you think after Ben has worked so hard to earn the respect of his fellow teammates that he would wait till the last minute to let them know “well gee guys I think i’ll sit this one out.” and knowing that Dixon is all they have they have no other backup Palko is not even ready to go. I think not.
    He sites unnamed sources, well unless it came directly from Tomlin or Ben himself , which I doubt it did. I think it is an attempt to stir things up and get everyone in an uproar. Which obviuosly it did.
    And to you Charm City Ravens we will see if you have all that bite come Sunday when it is announced that Yes Ben will play. i can not wait till Sunday either.

  21. Vox's Mommy says: Nov 27, 2009 8:16 PM

    Having said that to NotsoCharmcity
    This should be a good game regardless. It always is. This is football at it’s best, I’d rather have Troy than Ben anyway, but it’s still going to be a physical Donnybrook. I’m not saying that Dennis Dixon is a diamond in the rough, but he would have been drafted a lot higher if not for the knee injury his senior year. This guy got some game. I’m so sick of Arians’ man-crush on Roethlisberger that I’m sort of, in a twisted way, looking forward to a game without the Comeback Kid in there. It may force Arians to call a smart, logical game. We’ll see. Can’t wait for Sunday night.

  22. Bobby McShanklebee says: Nov 27, 2009 8:16 PM

    Kurt Warner will get his decision to play from his boss…Brenda

  23. spyboots says: Nov 27, 2009 8:26 PM

    About time someone with a concussion got some sense. They go back too soon after concussions.

  24. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 27, 2009 8:27 PM

    Just playing the media like Favre does, look for him to play and rub his “injured groin” when he takes the field to warm up.
    With BigBen playing or not the Squeelers stand little chance without Polamalu.
    Would expect the Ravens to practice as if BigBen was playing. If he is not that just means they’ll have to deal with Dennis Dixon!

  25. Ravenmaniac says: Nov 27, 2009 8:27 PM

    If this is ben actually using common sense and caring about his team….I am impressed!!
    If this ben building up the drama and then he runs out onto the field and gives a “thumbs up” to the steeler faithful in the stands..I will throw up!!
    I am hoping he plays…but like I have said before I do not want to see anyone get seriously hurt….not even ben…..

  26. FumbleNuts says: Nov 27, 2009 8:30 PM

    C’mon Big Ben, Ray Lewis is ready for ya!

  27. Fugitive60 says: Nov 27, 2009 8:33 PM

    Rubbish, reported by the same jerkweed who said the Steelers were going to cut Casey Hampton. Proff that the report is bigus lies in the fact that the Steelers haven’t signed a QB to the roster. They wouldn’t risk going into the game with Dixon as the only active QB.

  28. rjgreen3 says: Nov 27, 2009 8:35 PM

    This is bs!!! Ben won’t sit this game out it is too big for the Steelers! If anyone falls for this bs, they are as dumb as the asshole who posted this! With Batch out there is no way Rothlisberger will sit!

  29. i'm president charlie! says: Nov 27, 2009 8:53 PM

    CharmCityRavens – “our D” i guess this must be Ray Lewis’ screen name on Profootballtalk!!!
    Well, at least you will be able to blame the refs again if the Steelers win with or without the defending Super Bowl Champion quarterback in the lineup.

  30. Mr Football says: Nov 27, 2009 9:00 PM

    Paging, Frank Burns…
    Paging, Frank Burns….
    Drama Queen at it again.
    Drama Queen at it again.
    If Little Jen plays after this BS he is forever crowned the Drama Queen of the NFL.

  31. Igottz5onit says: Nov 27, 2009 9:03 PM

    All BS aside, as a Steelers fan, I think this is a great idea. By the way anyone calling him a drama queen better knock that shit off if he plays this game… because you wouldn’t.

  32. stiller43 says: Nov 27, 2009 9:10 PM

    I’m glad some A-holes on here are actually going to question a guy’s manhood or call Ben a drama queen for actually questioning playing a week after having a concussion. You guys are idiots.

  33. Matt says: Nov 27, 2009 9:13 PM

    # CharmCityRavens says: November 27, 2009 7:03 PM
    Lil’ Ben is the biggest drama queen in the entire NFL. If he does end up playing, after the game he’ll tell the media he played the whole game with a fractured vertebrae, a cracked cranium and two dislocated knees. His face alone has gained 10 pounds since he was a rookie, so he’s got plenty of cushioning to protect that oversized melon atop his shoulder pads. Is this the same guy that was riding a motorcycle without a helmet (even though he wears one for his occupation), and now he’s worried about getting hit in the head?! Get in the game Ben, the Ravens don’t want Syringeburg fans to have any excuses come Monday morning. Our D will hit you so hard, you won’t remember that the Black’n’Fold won’t be anywhere near the postseason….ahhh let the best and nastiest rivalry in football commence. Counting the minutes till Sunday night!
    *********************************************
    How is it being a drama queen in this case, moron? It’s not as though he ran to the media making excuses about it it. Further, if you value your brain at all, you would definitely think twice before hopping back into a game the week after getting a concussion, especially if you have a history of them in the past (this is Roethlisberger’s fourth). Let’s weigh the costs here … sit out a game and whatever comes with that vs. rush back in and risk getting another concussion, potentially putting yourself in the position to wind up on a path similar to Troy Aikman’s.

  34. spyboots says: Nov 27, 2009 9:16 PM

    NFLN should’ve kept Shefter. I didn’t realize it was this new guy, Jason La Canfora, giving this info. He doesn’t know crap.

  35. Tears_of_a_Favre says: Nov 27, 2009 9:17 PM

    Ben, you could always use my “ebola” excuse. It’s Chilly’s favorite!

  36. Chad says: Nov 27, 2009 9:22 PM

    Faye Lewis is getting too old to be expecting alotee fagotee to clog up that middle again, week after week..I expect trickery, and…as always..an ass whipping to the hamburglars..Jeff Reed and Santonio will make this game an early 4th qtr. win..

  37. cunn9305 says: Nov 27, 2009 9:41 PM

    This is BS. The Pittsburgh beat writers are usually all over this stuff and they haven’t said boo today on their exclusive content blog. The Steelers official site has him stating he feels great and ready to go. Chalk this up to the “trading Limas Sweed … cutting Casey Hampton” crowd. LaCanfora is no Adam Schefter.

  38. Steelers4Life says: Nov 27, 2009 10:12 PM

    Why anybody would buy what La Canfora and his “unnamed sources within the organization” has to say is beyond me. This is the same hack who reported (from his unnamed sources) that Casey Hampton wouldn’t be in a Steelers uniform this year because of cap issues.
    Here’s the real story for all of you drooling over this drama queen nonsense (when Ben NEVER said anything to this hack blogger).
    Roethlisberger ready to go against Ravens Friday, November 27, 2009
    By Teresa Varley
    Steelers.com
    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced the last two days showing no effects of the concussion he suffered in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs. Roethlisberger said all is normal and he will play on Sunday night against the Ravens in Baltimore.
    “I’m planning on it,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s been a normal week. We’ve got a big game Sunday night.” Roethlisberger, who suffered previous concussions, said he underwent testing before he was given the green light to practice and that he felt fine. He also said dealing with the danger of potential concussions is part of the game, even if not a welcome part.
    “I’ve taken a thousand tests and passed them all with flying colors,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s part of the nature of the beast of playing this game. It’s a violent, physical contact sport and there’s a chance you’re going to get hit and dinged. You guys don’t talk about the bruises we have all over our body. If I showed you a bruise on my shoulder and a bruise on my shin, it wouldn’t get talked about as much. It’s a violent sport we play.”
    Roethlisberger took a knee to the helmet against the Chiefs, but isn’t concerned about suffering yet another concussion.
    “I’m not worried because we have the best doctors,” said Roethlisberger. “If I can go out and pass thousands of these tests and show that I’m fine, then I’m not worried about it.”

  39. Frank Burns says: Nov 27, 2009 10:17 PM

    CharmCityRavens says:
    November 27, 2009 7:03 PM
    Lil’ Ben is the biggest drama queen in the entire NFL.
    ————————————————————–
    No, he’s not even in Suggs’s league.
    Now, if he comes out in a neck brace sitting in a wheel chair and leg braces, he may come close to Suggs. But no, nobody queens it up like your boy.

  40. Ravenmaniac says: Nov 27, 2009 10:32 PM

    Can someone translate chads incoherent ramblings???

  41. spyboots says: Nov 27, 2009 10:43 PM

    Dale Lolley says that this guy is at it again, spreading ridiculous rumors.
    http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/

  42. i'm president charlie! says: Nov 27, 2009 10:51 PM

    It won’t matter if Ben plays or not as long as Joe Flaccid continues to melt down in the 4th quarter of big games.

  43. squints says: Nov 27, 2009 10:59 PM

    Big Ben has more chins than a Chinese phone book..

  44. Ravenmaniac says: Nov 27, 2009 11:00 PM

    Charlie….why is it everytime you yap on here…you are proving the point of all the steeler haters…..let me get this straight…who melts down in the 4th qtr of games???? Not the steelers…right??

  45. Dunn says: Nov 27, 2009 11:08 PM

    Hey, things could be worse. Ben could be hurt this week and had never won a super bowl. As history has it, Big Ben blessed us with 2. Thanks Big Ben!! Worry about your health 1st and we’ll get the Lombardi later. If not this year, then next year. Steelers only have 6 outta 43 and 2 outta the last 4 superbowls. lol.

  46. htown_steeler says: Nov 27, 2009 11:11 PM

    GoBrowns19………..have fun watchin LeBron’s last year……..wait, they may win a championship if they move the team…..

  47. htown_steeler says: Nov 27, 2009 11:13 PM

    Ravenmaniac…….Cmon Man!!

  48. Bens Attorney says: Nov 27, 2009 11:20 PM

    @bmore styles Jen drawing attention to herself… What’s new?
    Whats the matter upset because he is taking all the attention away from poor little Teresa Suggs, At least Ben can take a hit.

  49. PervyHarvin says: Nov 27, 2009 11:23 PM

    As an ex boxer, I consider Ben wanting to take off as being a pussy.Sorry if the truth hurts. Man up Ben!

  50. Deb says: Nov 27, 2009 11:26 PM

    For heaven’s sake, La Canfora saying anything about Ben is not equal to Ben saying anything about anything. And since Ben gets sacked more than any other QB and keeps getting up and keeps on playing, this stuff about him being a drama queen is a bit asinine. You guys need a new schtick.
    @stefanovich … We’ve still won two championships this decade. How many has your team won? Unless you back the Pats, things have been workin’ better for us than for you. And if you do back the Pats, at least Ben hasn’t choked in the big one with a perfect season on the line.

  51. sportsguy15478 says: Nov 28, 2009 12:36 AM

    cant wait for ben to show up for this game and knock the ravens out of playoff contention
    GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  52. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 28, 2009 12:41 AM

    Game is off the boards at casinos so it is likely BigBen will sit.
    Gamblers always seem to have the inside scoop somehow….

  53. DaveM says: Nov 28, 2009 12:56 AM

    So if he passed all tests and didn’t have concussion symptoms, did he have a concussion?
    Sounds like the Steelers are tapping out this year.

  54. ravens347 says: Nov 28, 2009 1:00 AM

    steelerz_fanatic
    Steelers 6 SBs; Bmore 2 NFL championships + 2 SBs = 4 Championships. You’re +2, and have been in the NFL longer than has Bmore. Let’s be fair and balanced here, steelerz

  55. Jungle Juice says: Nov 28, 2009 1:13 AM

    Pervy u have taken too many blows to the head. Anyone who would play, or ask someone to play just 1 week after a concusssion is an idiot. Why risk a career or further damage just for 1 game?
    If you already have a brain bruise and are playing Ray lewis and the Ravens just think of what could possibly happen. A shot to the head and you could forget the playbook or what happened in 5th grade or experience the smell of burning tires the rest of your life.

  56. Laxer37 says: Nov 28, 2009 1:31 AM

    If this is true, the Ravens might even win one against the Steelers this year.
    On the other hand, judging by how old the Ravens defense looks this year, a third string QB might be all they need.

  57. troll_aikman8 says: Nov 28, 2009 2:43 AM

    Big Jen typically makes this kind of noise before a Browns game and ends up getting on the field in ‘heroic’ form….i.e. the Steelers defense bails him out with pick six’s galore.
    Faced with an irate Ravens defense, Jen is already ducking. I’m sure by Saturday he’ll play the H1N1 card and show up in street gear a neck brace.
    This guy is so predictable. He doesn’t have half the heart/courage that Kurt Warner has.

  58. C.Bass says: Nov 28, 2009 8:31 AM

    He has more rings than Kurt Warner. And playing the season after he almost died from a motorcycle accident shows how tough he is. All you haters aren’t even half as tough as him and you know it. Get a life. Grown men hating on NFL stars b/c your jealous and your life stinks is pathetic.

  59. kravon says: Nov 28, 2009 8:46 AM

    Haters need to get a life.

  60. bake says: Nov 28, 2009 9:09 AM

    how many times is he going to get hurt?he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but the problem is he gets hurt to much

  61. Deb says: Nov 28, 2009 9:40 AM

    @ravens347 …
    Bmore 2 NFL championships + 2 SBs = 4 Championships
    ——————————————-
    Baby, what are you smoking????
    Baltimore does not have 2 NFL championships. The Ravens did not exist in the pre-Super Bowl era so they have ZERO NFL championships. Baltimore has won ONE Super Bowl.
    Cleveland’s pre-Super Bowl records stayed in Cleveland. The Colts’ records went to Indy. The Ravens have only what they’ve accomplished since their inception: ONE Super Bowl.
    Put down the crack pipe.

  62. PervyHarvin says: Nov 28, 2009 10:16 AM

    @JungleJuice- Yah,you are right.Ben signed up to play football.He shouldn’t have to get hit in the head and like it. Oh,and no I still got my wits thank you!

  63. floriohatestheravens says: Nov 28, 2009 12:00 PM

    Deb – i know you probably just started following football in 2005 (typical bandwagon steelers fan), but Baltimore had the COLTS who won 2 NFL championships, which included the GREATEST football game ever played against the Giants which pretty much introduced football to mainstream America….
    SO in terms of Baltimore v. Pittsburgh, its 6-4 PITT in terms of championships….
    The Ravens have only been in the league for 13 years with 1 SB but its impossible to compare them to the Steelers who have been in the league for 35 more years….
    YOURE A MORON DEB…THE NFL CAN TAKE THE BALTIMORE COLTS RECORDS TO INDY ALL THEY WANT, BUT THEY CANT ERASE OUR MEMORIES….
    BALTIMORE FOOTBALL FANS HAVE EXPERIENCED 4 NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS, YOU CANT TAKE OUR MEMORIES AWAY, LOSER!

  64. footballrulz says: Nov 28, 2009 12:10 PM

    Ahem, ‘scuse me Deb but….
    And since Ben gets sacked more than any other QB and keeps getting up and keeps on playing,
    ________________________________
    That would be Aaron Rodgers
    This BS is like the Vikes always listing Bernard & Percy as doubtful–Ben will play unless the Doc’s say he can’t.
    And Ben’s “drama queen” antics can’t hold a candle to good ol’ “I’m not schizophrenic, neither am I”, Mr. Favre.
    That being said, they’re both great QB’s.

  65. footballrulz says: Nov 28, 2009 12:14 PM

    Well, according to Glazer I was wrong. Team is shutting Big Ben down. Come on Steeler’s, whip up on them for me. My team get’s ‘em next week on Monday so any help would be appreciated.

  66. footballrulz says: Nov 28, 2009 1:25 PM

    @floriohatestheravens
    Enjoy the memories bud, but the records are in Indy.
    Moron, Loser? Child-go eat your wheaties.

  67. Chad says: Nov 28, 2009 2:10 PM

    FlorioHatesTheRavens–
    YOU are the loser and so was Bert Jones..Get ready for the Ravens/Colts/Browns??? to get served up a hot plate of EpicFail x4 Sunday Night…You know your team is weak when they get busted up by Dennis Dixon..

  68. PervyHarvin says: Nov 28, 2009 2:55 PM

    @ floriohatestheravens – Do you feel like a big man now? Calling a lady loser and moron? LMAO
    Bet you have a hairy triangle between yo’ legs too, but it aint pretty! Douche!

  69. Deb says: Nov 28, 2009 4:19 PM

    @floriohatestheravens …
    I’ve been a Steelers fan since I was a kid when they were losing and losing and losing. I’m also a football traditionalist and don’t believe in ripping teams away from their fan faithful. So I think what old man Irsay did with the Colts was one of the crappiest moves in football history. But it is what it is. The NFL could have ruled to keep the team name and records in Baltimore just like they did with the Browns in Cleveland. But they let them go to Indy. I’m not trying to take away your memories. No one can do that. But Irsay and the NFL took your records. They belong to the Colts. The city of Baltimore may have four championships in spirit. But the Baltimore Ravens have won ONE Super Bowl and you know it. You can scream and cry and stamp your little feet and call me every nasty name in the book, but it won’t change reality. Instead you should be thankful you have a team, and that they’ve been pretty successful. A lot of organzations would be happy to have that one trophy.

  70. Frank Burns says: Nov 28, 2009 10:48 PM

    Mr Football says:
    November 27, 2009 9:00 PM
    Paging, Frank Burns…
    Paging, Frank Burns….
    Drama Queen at it again.
    Drama Queen at it again.
    If Little Jen plays after this BS he is forever crowned the Drama Queen of the NFL.
    ——————————————————-
    Care to comment, now, Einstein?

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