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Roethlisberger not expected to play Saturday

Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger waits out the final moments of the Steelers NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Reuters

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is defending his decision to play Ben Roethlisberger on Monday night and declining to divulge whether Roethlisberger will play on Saturday. But all indications are that Roethlisberger’s injured ankle will get a rest.

Team officials are privately saying they would be shocked if Roethlisberger plays this week and expect him to rest his injured ankle for at least one week, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports.

That would mean Charlie Batch would start in place of Roethlisberger on Saturday at home against the Rams, a game the Steelers should be able to win without Roethlisberger.

The question then becomes whether it makes any sense for Roethlisberger to play in Week 17, considering that the Steelers may be locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and having nothing to play for. It would probably make more sense at that point to give Roethlisberger another week of rest, and hope that his ankle is in better shape in the first round of the playoffs than it was on Monday night in San Francisco.

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  1. clintonportisheadd says: Dec 21, 2011 11:52 AM

    Hello Rams (and Ram fans)!

    How’s it feel to be dissed (we can beat those clowns with Batch) like this?

  2. Nevis says: Dec 21, 2011 11:53 AM

    The 49ers were the wrong defense to test your hobbled QB against.

  3. comeonnowguys says: Dec 21, 2011 11:54 AM

    Which means he will. He really is turning into Favre.

  4. yelix says: Dec 21, 2011 11:54 AM

    He shouldn’t have played Monday. There’s toughness, and then there’s stupidity.

  5. Joe says: Dec 21, 2011 11:54 AM

    How could the Steelers be “locked” into the 5 seed going into week 17 if they beat the Rams? Even if the Ravens and Texans win, a loss by both in week 17 would allow the Steelers to slip into the 2 seed.

  6. KIR says: Dec 21, 2011 11:56 AM

    If they get Emmanuel Sanders, Pouncey and Roethlisberger healthy for the playoffs, the Steelers will be hard to beat. I don’t see anyone in the AFC that can match up on offense and defense.

  7. steelnucs says: Dec 21, 2011 11:56 AM

    “The question then becomes whether it makes any sense for Roethlisberger to play in Week 17, considering that the Steelers may be locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and having nothing to play for.”

    Assuming both they and the Ravens win this weekend, they won’t know if they are locked into the No. 5 seed until after next Sunday’s results. If they can beat the Brownies and the Ravens lose to Cincy (definitely in the realm of possibility), they have plenty to play for – a game at home instead of on the road. Maybe more, depending on what the Texans do.

  8. turillos says: Dec 21, 2011 11:57 AM

    unless the steelers lose saturday they WON’T be locked into the 5 seed when they play the next week.

  9. mortmybrother says: Dec 21, 2011 12:02 PM

    Get healthy Big Ben , so you guys can beat the Pats!!!!!

  10. citizenstrange says: Dec 21, 2011 12:04 PM

    I am still flabbergasted – I am kind of warming up to flabbergasted; up until now the biggest word I knew was whatsoever – that there were no special packages for Dixon in the Monday night game.

    As I have stated before some special packages for Dixon could really have given the Steelers a spark and given Roethlisberger some extra rest.

    The Steelers had 10 days to prepare and they got THREE points. First round bye, home field advantage throughout the playoffs, etc. was there for the taking and they got THREE points.

    No special packages for Dixon, no gadget trick plays, NO NOTHING …. THREE points.

    It’s like the captain of the Titanic seeing the iceberg 10 days ahead of time and saying “I don’t think we need to do anything different, let’s just stay the course and see what happens. Think good thoughts.”

    THREE points.

  11. thingamajig says: Dec 21, 2011 12:05 PM

    Ben said the ankle will probably require amputation but he’s going to try and get a few more games out it.

  12. brownsfantildeath says: Dec 21, 2011 12:08 PM

    He better not play in week 17, because the Browns will put him out of the league permanently!

  13. naanunaanu says: Dec 21, 2011 12:10 PM

    Hey just signed up for PFT (got annoyed with steelownyou )

    My first comment is : Pitt sucks,

  14. tombradyswig says: Dec 21, 2011 12:14 PM

    9ers raped his ankle!
    what goes around comes around right?!?!

  15. runrickyrun34 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:14 PM

    @KIR

    How can you say that no one can match up with them on offense and defense, even with those stars healthy? They’ve been beaten by two AFC playoff teams in the Texans and Ravens twice. Yeah, the Texans don’t have Schaub and the Ravens didn’t play well last Sunday but the Steelers are not going to be at 100%, like all teams come playoff time and both teams mentioned are going to be in the playoffs. At this point, the Pats look like the best team with the remaining teams all capable of beating one another.

  16. ytnewton says: Dec 21, 2011 12:15 PM

    KIR says: Dec 21, 2011 11:56 AM

    If they get Emmanuel Sanders, Pouncey and Roethlisberger healthy for the playoffs, the Steelers will be hard to beat. I don’t see anyone in the AFC that can match up on offense and defense.

    Ummm, Ravens are 2-0 against this year, DUH?

  17. darthvoter says: Dec 21, 2011 12:18 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Dec 21, 2011 12:04 PM
    I am still flabbergasted – I am kind of warming up to flabbergasted; up until now the biggest word I knew was whatsoever – that there were no special packages for Dixon in the Monday night game.

    As I have stated before some special packages for Dixon could really have given the Steelers a spark and given Roethlisberger some extra rest.”
    ======================

    For the life of me, I do NOT understand no utilizing Dixon…the kid has talent. Forget Batch…why not let Dixon play both games and see if this kid is your future backup…if not, then cut him for crying out loud! He can move better than just about any other QB out there except maybe Cam Newton…give him a shot, rest Ben…Dixon almost beat the Ravens on Monday night last year, give him a shot.

    just my .02 cents….playing Ben on a gimpy ankle is just stoooopid!

    XT

  18. wigsplitta says: Dec 21, 2011 12:19 PM

    Less time to throw picks, more time to rape chicks. Just how Ben likes to spend his free time. Women beware!

  19. sbs9101314304043 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:21 PM

    Citizen, I agree with you. They do not use DD enough. Even if it for a play or two to keep the defense guessing.
    This loss on Monday is on the coaching staff. They should not have allowed Ben to play and they did not come up with a solid back-up plan.

    I say rest him until the playoffs start.

  20. wigsplitta says: Dec 21, 2011 12:23 PM

    By the way, did anyone else see that hat he was wearing in his post game interview? I guess he’s going for the Freddy Kruger rapist look.

  21. mistersmith22 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:24 PM

    KIR: And you mention three players (only two starters), all on offense, then say nobody can match up on offense OR DEFENSE. That D got housed in SF, in BAL, and gave up at least 20 to the Colts and Cardinals — and only an intentional injury to McCoy kept the Browns from getting in and winning the game a couple Thursdays back.

    Baltimore and New England, whichever they meet, will continue to expose the Steelers’ anemic pass rush, the incredible decline of Polamalu, and the absolute liability they have at DB with Ike Taylor and William Gay.

  22. danny136200 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:24 PM

    Ben should rest; rams and browns should be pushovers, but knowing my steelers, they will struggle against these bums.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 21, 2011 12:30 PM

    The fact of the matter is, while Ben will be busy raping young women that aren’t his wife. Young Gronk will be busy raping the scoreboard in the post season. Have fun pumping your barrell chest and puny little legs back to health big ben.

  24. hedleykow says: Dec 21, 2011 12:30 PM

    If Ben doesn’t play this Saturday, that’ll make two weeks in a row.

  25. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 21, 2011 12:31 PM

    At least coeds will be able to outrun him Saturday night in the club

  26. lichnor says: Dec 21, 2011 12:33 PM

    When the Steelers play good, they are great. Problem is, they rarely do. They have only 1 impressive win this year (against the Pats) and they consistently struggle against lesser opponents.

    They need to sit Roethlisberger for the rest of the year and hope they can string together some impressive football come playoff time.

    If they play like they have all year, they have a good chance of being one and done.

  27. rdrs68 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:36 PM

    Charlie Batch? did they go to the old folks home for a backup? Talk about longevity in the league-backup QB might just be the cushiest gig ever.

  28. lawboy2000 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:47 PM

    If the Steelers want to win in the wild card round of the playoffs then they better get Roethlisberger on the field for at least part of the Cleveland game in Week 17. I am pretty certain Roethlisberger is winless in every NFL career game when returning from injury.

  29. blueprint4greatness says: Dec 21, 2011 12:48 PM

    @mistersmith22
    dude are you just a steeler hater or you dont know football? Ike taylor is a top 10 cb in the NFL and Willim Gay has been sick as of late. troy polamalu us no where near a decline and the steelers arent losing to the ravens 3 times in 1 year so if they play each other in the playoffs the steelers will kill them.

  30. coachfisher says: Dec 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    big ben, …rest your ankle so the rust sets in

  31. jg725 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    If they get Emmanuel Sanders, Pouncey and Roethlisberger healthy for the playoffs, the Steelers will be hard to beat. I don’t see anyone in the AFC that can match up on offense and defense

    I think the ravens matched up pretty well a couple of times already this year – didn’t they???
    Especially the 35-7 game……..

    So take it easy with the “no one can match up with them” stuff

  32. vincentbojackson says: Dec 21, 2011 12:58 PM

    5th seed or 6th seed really makes no difference. Might as well use the next three weeks to get everyone healthy for a playoff run.

  33. udub says: Dec 21, 2011 1:04 PM

    Why Dennis Dixon isn’t the backup baffles me.

    Charlie Batch is Charlie Batch.

    You don’t know what Dixon is yet from what little you’ve seen, but from that Ravens game there is some promise. Let’s see what hes got!

    Makes me think they are punishing him for thinking about leaving and trying to start somewhere else in the offseason

  34. ticalcaldwell says: Dec 21, 2011 1:09 PM

    Please….dont even pretend that the Steelers have Ben’s best interests…..its only because its the Rams…..My Bengals played terrible last week and still beat them……………………….oh yeah……go Rams

  35. holeinone09 says: Dec 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    Ben, Pouncey and Woodley, at least, should not play this weekend. They are needed in the playoffs. So is Sanders, who will further augment a really nice group of receivers. If the Steelers are healthy, I believe they can beat anybody, at home or on the road.

    citizenstrange, what do you think it means when they have nothing for Dixon to do? To me, it means he is basically not working out for whatever reason. Can’t beat out Batch for second team. Since he seems to have the athletic ability and not aware of any injuries, it must mean something else which I won’t speculate about. The coaches make the decisions, or at least the should or at least be accountable for the decisions, on who plays and who doesn’t, etc.

    GO STEELERS!!

  36. weepingjebus says: Dec 21, 2011 1:20 PM

    Yes, the Steelers only got 3 points. But according to the Steeler fans around my office, 3 Steeler points are the equivalent of 30 of our filthy 49ers or Ravens points. By similar metrics, I’m told the Steelers have actually been undefeated since 1984.

  37. michiganhockey11 says: Dec 21, 2011 1:22 PM

    Let’s go Charlie Batch! Eastern Michigan Univeristy Eagles baby!!!

    Hey, he was a better qb for the Lions than Scott Mitchell…

  38. michiganhockey11 says: Dec 21, 2011 1:22 PM

    Let’s go Charlie Batch! Eastern Michigan University Eagles baby!!!

    Hey, he was a better qb for the Lions than Scott Mitchell…

  39. n2thaizzo says: Dec 21, 2011 1:26 PM

    “Maybe locked into the 5th seed” means Pittsburgh loses this week, and B-more wins. Then the Steelers will have nothing to play for next week either…

  40. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 21, 2011 1:41 PM

    Having 6 rings brings alot of hatred. Tisk, tisk. Cannot win them all, although we have won the most. :~)

  41. cowboycjn says: Dec 21, 2011 1:43 PM

    Never should have played Monday night. If your not 100% why risk your lack of movement and hurt the rest of the team. As someone else wrote, a high acceptance of pain is one thing but stupidity is something else. Like trying to race a race-horse in the Kentucky Derby and your horse has an inflammed knee – you really think your gonna win? But then again you expect the trainer to make that decesion – so it’s not saying much for Bens coach or medical staff. Stupid is as stupid does.

  42. svcfilmguy says: Dec 21, 2011 1:44 PM

    The Steelers should be able to beat the Rams with Caleb Hanie at QB. If they can’t, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs and are unlikely to make any noise. As a Steelers fan, I’m accepting of the fact that we’re probably a #5 or #6 seed and won’t get any home games in the playoffs. I accept that. Wildcard teams have been hot in the playoffs recently.

  43. sbs9101314304043 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:00 PM

    brownsfantildeath says:
    Dec 21, 2011 12:08 PM
    He better not play in week 17, because the Browns will put him out of the league permanently!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Your right, look what your team did to Colt McCoy.

  44. agent6burgh says: Dec 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    Batch was 3-1 when Ben was out last year (and the defense gave up the winning TD in game #4 in last 30 seconds), but he is a year and a half older now and that amount of time is more impactful in your thirties than your twenties. But he has been in the system a long time and the O-line is not stable. Dixon has youth and is mobile but he is a bit on the frail side. Considering all points, Dixon should get the start next 2 games. I really like the idea of developing Dixon packages, this may catch opposing defenses by surprise and keep them guessing because they have no film to watch in this regard. Ben definitely should have sat out on Monday, could Dixon have resulted in much less than just 3 points ?

  45. sudz28 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    To put it bluntly, I have no idea why they Steelers even have backup QB’s if they decide to put Ben in last Monday when he clearly had NO BUSINESS being out there. I don’t care if he’s a competitor or a warrior or whatever, I guarantee you I have as much a desire for the Steelers to win as he does but if you put ME out there as their QB they’re going to lose. Why? Because I don’t have the physical ability to escape pressure and throw accurately down the field. Neither did Ben on Monday. “Desire” doesn’t equal ability, and for the Steelers to spend 9 of the 10 days of their between-game practices with someone other than Ben at QB and then start Ben anyway was ludicrous. Tomlin can defend his decision all he wants, but everyone (including him) knows it was a bad call.

  46. raqaiw says: Dec 21, 2011 2:19 PM

    Why does Harrison hate the Browns so much?! He just can’t seem to stop headshotting Browns’ players. He’s looking at a 4 or more game suspension for the next one. Let’s hope he gets it next week!

  47. jimmer2372 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:20 PM

    Another rape comment . How original.

  48. gbmkiller says: Dec 21, 2011 2:23 PM

    My only lament about Ben’s injury is that steeler nation will be using it as an excuse for getting their ass whipped.

  49. steelcurtainn says: Dec 21, 2011 2:24 PM

    Big Ben should not play against the Rams and should rest his ankle. Week 17 he should definitely play. There is alot on the line in Week 17 and no team will know who gets #1 and #2 seed until then. I can easily see the Ravens losing to the Bengals. Or the Texans and Pats losing one of there last two. There is no questions Big Ben needs to play if his ankles permits.
    This article is wrong the steelers absolutely will have something to play for in Week 17 as all teams will. Should be exciting, Almost time for the Post-Season. Let the cream rise to the top!!!
    Cmon Steelers!

  50. textexington says: Dec 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    31-25.Packers>Steelers.LOLZ.

  51. pigskinswag says: Dec 21, 2011 2:38 PM

    Makes sense. They could beat the Rams with Ben Stiller at quarterback.

  52. goldstardk says: Dec 21, 2011 2:44 PM

    I guess Chiefs>Packers

  53. ziggy26 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:52 PM

    “The question then becomes whether it makes any sense for Roethlisberger to play in Week 17, considering that the Steelers may be locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and having nothing to play for.”

    If the Steelers lose to the Rams, than this is correct. If they win, they still control their playoff destiny.

  54. svcfilmguy says: Dec 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    “If the Steelers lose to the Rams, than this is correct. If they win, they still control their playoff destiny.”

    As it applies to being a #5 or #6 seed? Yes. As far as a bye? Nope. They need New England and Baltimore losses to have any control. They are mostly fighting to be a #5 or #6 seed. Unless you believe that the 2 lowest seeds will be fighting it out in the AFC Championship, it doesn’t really matter.

  55. blueprint4greatness says: Dec 21, 2011 3:07 PM

    batch is the back-up bc byron is done for the season and dixon was casuing trouble at the start of the season. He is also not in shape as what mike tomlin said. Monday night was the first time he suited up all season

  56. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 21, 2011 3:07 PM

    Pats fan. I watched the Stiller 9er game other
    night. Can’t help but come away impressed with
    Stillers on both sides of ball. Lots of talent.
    Everywhere. If Ben is healthy, not sure the Pats
    can beat em. Regardless of where they end up
    playing. They look like the most complete team
    in the conference to me. They didn’t win the
    9er game, but I was just impressed by their
    personnel.

  57. jeepin08 says: Dec 21, 2011 3:22 PM

    He should put on his super hero helmet on and play. Stop being such a wussy and suit up and tough it out . Boy, what drama.

  58. agent6burgh says: Dec 21, 2011 3:23 PM

    I completely agree Ben should not have played a single snap on Monday. But here’s what most would be saying if he did not play and we lost: “Well if Ben would have played we might have won.” Please dispute this.

  59. starderup says: Dec 21, 2011 3:25 PM

    He didn’t play on MNF either. Oh, he was on the field, but he didn’t play.

  60. starderup says: Dec 21, 2011 3:28 PM

    Funniest comeback from Monday night from a Niner fan.

    “Yeah, we beat the Seahawks and Cardinals all the time, but you don’t hear us bragging about it.”

  61. Rebecca D. Nugent says: Dec 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    Why all the hate for Charlie Batch? If you recall, he started out their season well last year when Ben was on suspension. He won three out of the first four games. The question should be, “WHY Dennis Dixon?” He has sucked big time every time I’ve seen him play. So, I don’t know what all the hype is about for him.

    Lastly, how in the world does Ben compare with Favre? Ben is barely in his early thirties, if that. Favre is a 42 year-old grandpa.

  62. 216allday says: Dec 21, 2011 4:12 PM

    Waaaaah way way steelers fans…is it the nfls fault Ben is hurt or the officials?? You guys do anything but blame your own guys…maybe see how crappy your own offensive line is…if Ben comes into the dawg pound wounded he leaves on a stretcher this time

  63. ac540 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    Dear Coach Tomlin,

    If Ben doesn’t play, please start Batch over Dixon.

    Happy holidays,

    Baltimore

  64. vette7274 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:44 PM

    Good deal. He’s a habitual woman abuser. Hope he never plays again.

  65. afreak2u says: Dec 21, 2011 5:11 PM

    Browns fan lol saying they would permanently put Ben out get real if the game meant anything he would play and beat u like he owns u oh yeah he does

  66. afreak2u says: Dec 21, 2011 5:16 PM

    Yes ravens beat steelers twice but if we meet again in playoffs ravens will be beaten and all u people have is bend rape charge come on now come up with something more original he wasn’t convicted

  67. vette7274 says: Dec 21, 2011 5:52 PM

    O.J. Simpson wasn’t convicted either, moron.

  68. approachingnormalcy says: Dec 21, 2011 6:10 PM

    Steelers should start Batch, use the short passing game to give Ward 9 receptions even if one 2 yards each so he has 1000 receptions. Then say goodbye to both Batch and Ward at the end of the year.

    They desperately need a back up quarterback which is why they play Ben hurt. Also Cotchery and Sanders are both very good. – Far better than Ward right now.

  69. antibenapalooza says: Dec 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    When she still managed to squirm free while being pinned against the wall by someone a hundred pounds heavier and a foot taller and then fall to the floor, the act was over. This accounts for the minor bruising and lack of meaningful male DNA left behind. Translation: it was attempted rape, “not consummated” rape.

  70. steelcurtainn says: Dec 21, 2011 7:54 PM

    The Browns are gonna get creamed by the steelers. Less then 2 weeks until its time to Flush the toilet again!

  71. 1nittanyjimbo says: Dec 21, 2011 8:16 PM

    Oh, not expected to play this Saturday. Well, if that happens it’ll make two weeks in a row that he didn’t play! Woof!

  72. comeonnowguys says: Dec 22, 2011 9:15 AM

    “Lastly, how in the world does Ben compare with Favre? Ben is barely in his early thirties, if that. Favre is a 42 year-old grandpa.”

    - Limps after interceptions.
    - Sprints after completions.
    - Wears different colored shoes for no visible reason other than to let everyone know something is up.
    - Plays through pain, but will tell everyone who wants to hear about how bad it hurts.
    - Plays through pain, even when it’s clearly to the detriment of his team.

    That’s not just a 42-year-old Favre thing. That’s been in the Favre standard operations manual for most, if not all, of his career.

  73. samhurdsscale says: Dec 22, 2011 10:04 AM

    @afreak2u
    I think we heard the same thing after the first ravens steelers game this year. How’d that work out for ya? U should let them play before u go cashing checks that it team can’t cash

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