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Report: Roethlisberger expected to start Monday night

Steelers' Roethlisberger tries to settle down the crowd in the third quarter of their NFL football game against the Browns in Pittsburgh Reuters

Steelers-49ers already felt like a big game.

It feels even bigger after Baltimore’s loss on Sunday night. The Steelers now have a great chance to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and it sounds like they’ll have their franchise quarterback behind center for the game.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Ben Roethlisberger is fully expected to start after showing enough progress in practice Saturday.

“He’s good enough to go,” a source told Dulac.

Florio reported earlier Sunday that the Ravens’ result could play a role in Big Ben’s status. With a playoff bye now on the line, it sounds safe to expect Roethlisberger will be out there against San Francisco.

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56 Responses to “Report: Roethlisberger expected to start Monday night”
  1. earthtopft says: Dec 19, 2011 12:05 AM

    Ben will be lowered into the huddle on a stretcher from a hovering air ambulance. Inert and seemingly lifeless. Until after some minutes he slowly raises a hand, then the other hand, then bravely tries to struggle to his feet, while divesting himself of the styrofoam body case encasing his entire body.

  2. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 19, 2011 12:05 AM

    “report: roethlisberger expected to start monday night”….Whats else is new???

    Good luck to both teams!! GO NINERS!!

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

  3. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 19, 2011 12:05 AM

    OMG so heroic

  4. textexington says: Dec 19, 2011 12:06 AM

    The Niners Defense should expect to be RAPED at will.

  5. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:06 AM

    OMG!!!!

    It’s a miracle…after breaking his leg and all. :D

  6. barklikeadog says: Dec 19, 2011 12:08 AM

    Drama queen!

  7. wadecounty93 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:08 AM

    not a steelers fan but this guy is tough!
    go fins!

  8. bigbensahero says: Dec 19, 2011 12:09 AM

    I just knew my hero would be there on Monday Night. Is anyone as great as he is?

    How many players do you know that can break their leg and come back the next week? His middle name is TUFF!

  9. norcalmafia says: Dec 19, 2011 12:10 AM

    Wont matter who plays at Qb….As long as we have Alice Smith and no weapons we cant score!Allthough our defense is downright nasty it wont matter if we cant score …….Pittsburgh 12 Frisco 3

  10. reed20fence says: Dec 19, 2011 12:12 AM

    When they insinuated that whether he starts depends on the Ravens result it was thought of backwards… That if the Ravens won he’d play, not if they lost.

    Its all dumb speculation anyway. Roethlisberger is a soldier.

  11. briank1ne says: Dec 19, 2011 12:13 AM

    Steelers are gonna get dogged.

  12. 49ersmang says: Dec 19, 2011 12:13 AM

    Ben Sandyskyburger will try to force himself on the niners d and miserably !!

  13. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 19, 2011 12:16 AM

    Steelers have the tiebreakers over the Pats for the #1 seed?

  14. oaktown49er says: Dec 19, 2011 12:17 AM

    Was there ever any doubt? 49ers have been getting ready for him all week long.

  15. bleed4philly says: Dec 19, 2011 12:20 AM

    Steelers have tiebreaker over the Pats cuz they beat them! Der!

  16. norcalmafia says: Dec 19, 2011 12:27 AM

    As a Niner fan I hope the Niners get stomped and exposed..We have a good team for the most part but all these cheap wins are just an excuse for Alice Smith to be brought back…Lets get exposed and move on to Kapernick or someone else,so we dont have to get our hopes up just to have our dreams thrown incomplete by the arm of Alice Smith anymore!

  17. iambadkid says: Dec 19, 2011 12:30 AM

    pittsburgh better win the superbowl this year because the world ends next year

  18. Nevis says: Dec 19, 2011 12:34 AM

    As if this was ever a question.

  19. bospat says: Dec 19, 2011 12:34 AM

    Setting up for Pats to have to take another AFC championship in Pittsburgs house! GO Pats and Niners!

  20. goawayeverybody says: Dec 19, 2011 12:36 AM

    SHOCKER! He must have had Tebow fly to San Fran and kiss his ankle.

  21. wobbs33 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:45 AM

    Just hope the refs don’t throw a bunch of flags to protect the toughest QB in the league

  22. msclemons67 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:58 AM

    The women of San Francisco breathe a sigh of relief. Ben will be on the field and not stalking local bathrooms.

  23. steelcurtainn says: Dec 19, 2011 12:58 AM

    This will be a hard fought game, hopefully they can do it. Steelers 23-13 to grab the top seed in the division. Go Big Ben And the Steelers!

  24. grannyvi4 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:28 AM

    Wow…what a surprise.

  25. drgfri says: Dec 19, 2011 1:29 AM

    I’ll be sure to keep my daughter safe at home then. This guy is a pig, and deserves to be locked up.

  26. johnnyshore says: Dec 19, 2011 1:31 AM

    49ers w/o willis > Raplisbergers

  27. hpeters77 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:06 AM

    The Saints will be rooting you on Steelers, we need the #2 seed

  28. rca49er says: Dec 19, 2011 2:17 AM

    Big Ben will be stuck in the pocket and imobile…he will be crusched !!!!

  29. rca49er says: Dec 19, 2011 2:18 AM

    CRUSHED !!!!!!!

  30. fuzzynuts55 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:56 AM

    Sapp..old and done? Not!

  31. bballerjones says: Dec 19, 2011 5:41 AM

    “Hold my crutches, ballboy while I drop back to make this bomb to Mike(Wallace) down the sideline! Ponce, you hold them turkeys off me while I scour the field to find my boy Mike! The rest of you just do your job, OK? On four!” Mike’s down the right side going long. Big Ben spots him and lets loose! ‘ Zing!’ 6 points! As smooth as the other side of the pillow! (Where have we heard that before?) Big Ben will be under center 2nite!!!!

  32. bballerjones says: Dec 19, 2011 5:44 AM

    Big Ben and his cast of missfits will take center stage 2night in baytown! Don’t miss it! I know I won’t!!!

  33. steelersownyou says: Dec 19, 2011 6:02 AM

    Get ready 49er fans..we gettin ready to invade candkestick tonight baby. Here comes the steelers fans! Let’s get this party started…#1 seed here we come! Thanks choke sooo hard university!

  34. steelersownyou says: Dec 19, 2011 6:04 AM

    *candlestick

  35. righton989 says: Dec 19, 2011 6:27 AM

    Wow, after another wild weekend at the Capital City GA joint with his adoring co-eds, Beanie is ready to show up on MNF.

  36. jimmer2372 says: Dec 19, 2011 6:33 AM

    Some of you are terribly mentally ill.

  37. bigcid10 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:21 AM

    It’s all over now
    For The Ravens!

  38. grpatriot says: Dec 19, 2011 7:35 AM

    Better worry about the niners………?

  39. erniecohen says: Dec 19, 2011 7:39 AM

    If PIT is smart, they won’t even try to run; they’ll just use shotgun and deliver fast, just like they did against NE. (Of course this is a somewhat better D.)

  40. mrrusss says: Dec 19, 2011 7:56 AM

    I heard Tony Romo is going to have sit out the next game after watching film of Ben’s ankle getting injured.

  41. mrrusss says: Dec 19, 2011 7:57 AM

    James Harrison, while you’re in San Francisco looking for something to do, stay out of bars called “Helmet to Helmet”!

  42. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:14 AM

    Who expected otherwise? So sick of this team milking injuries in order to make themselves look superhuman and heroic.

  43. ticalcaldwell says: Dec 19, 2011 8:23 AM

    told you…..knew he was milking it,,,,,,he always does

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:23 AM

    Willis isn’t playing. SF may not score anyway, but they won’t provide much resistance to PIT’s offense and I friggin’ hate the Steelers.

  45. mikemart77 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:37 AM

    Was there ever any doubt? 49ers have been getting ready for him all week long.

    **********

    If the Ravens had beaten SD, I don’t think Ben would be playing.

    Now that the Steelers have a realistic shot at the top seed instead of the 5th seed, winning out matters.

  46. richkotitte says: Dec 19, 2011 9:22 AM

    OF COURSE Big Ben will play! How could he not with Tim Tebow as his spirtual advisor, and Sam Hurd as his pharmacist!

  47. mightyjoe214 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:12 AM

    rca49er says:Dec 19, 2011 2:17 AM

    Big Ben will be stuck in the pocket and imobileā€¦he will be crusched !!!!

    No! Big Ben will be stuck in the pocket and imobile. Quick release offense will kill the 9ners D.

  48. golfnutt67 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:41 AM

    Ben might start the game but he will not finish. Niners D will make a statement tonight even without P. Willis

  49. clayton43 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:59 AM

    Love it, anyone who watches the Steelers play on a weekly basis knows that Big Ben is tough and will play if he can go and by go, I mean if he can stand upright. I am not proclaiming that he is the toughest playerin the league or anything, but this dday and age alot of players wont play if thier pinky is hurt. Ben plays for his team and as a fan.. no matterrr what our record is .. that is what I respect from a player who is our leader.
    Our offensive line sucks…he gets drilled alot .. he hangs in the pocket rather than throw the ball away or take off runni9ng so he has alot of injuries.. but again.. I respect that about him as well compared to alot of other QBs in this leage.
    FOR this reason is why he has so many injuries, as Steelers fans we understand it and respecct it.. WE know if thier is a chancce of him playing.. HE WILL PLAY. Just because the rest of the media and people who dont follow them is why it makes headlines, but as Steelerrs fans.. THier really wasnt any doubt !!! Should be a goodd game tonight !!!

  50. Deb says: Dec 19, 2011 12:10 PM

    Not counting unhatched chickens here. Just hoping they get it done … and everyone comes out healthy the other side. And I’m glad Ben’s playing because it’s Monday Night Football. Who wants to the see the backups on MNF? C’mon, man!

  51. dickroy says: Dec 19, 2011 1:31 PM

    This is a big game. It would be bad to blow this opportunity after the Ravans lost. Glad Ben is playing too.

  52. flushdownmikebrown says: Dec 19, 2011 1:57 PM

    Ben is so heroic….. Especially when he gets 1:1 time with women who dont consent.

    No matter what happens, Ben is scum and steelers fans are scum for supporting him.

    Pittsburgh is the worst

  53. dickroy says: Dec 19, 2011 2:19 PM

    @Deb

    Hey Deb did you notice what an impressive post flushdownmikebrown just put on here.

    And bet your happy about the 5 star player coming you way instead of Auburn!
    Good for you.

  54. justaintrightisit says: Dec 19, 2011 2:36 PM

    No there wasn’t any doubt about him playing because the ankle injury was not even close to as bad as the drama queen made it out to be.

  55. mrrusss says: Dec 19, 2011 3:05 PM

    I see a lot of douche comments from supposed NFL fans, but saying Roethlisberger milked it means not only that you are stupid, but your parents must have been even dumber. Ankle clearly bends the wrong way, almost grotesquely. He’s carried off the field. He comes back a few plays later with a high ankle sprain, and is coming back the next freakin week. How is that milking it? Or maybe you don’t know what “milking it” means? It’s not what your mother used to do to the mailman.

  56. Deb says: Dec 19, 2011 7:08 PM

    Why can’t I answer dickroy? Rosenthal spent months telling me to ignore those eejits. It finally sunk in, and now I’m not allowed to say so? That doesn’t make any sense at all.

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