Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out as the Steelers’ starting quarterback on Friday, but he’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s game with the Rams.
Roethlisberger was not one of the seven players placed on the team’s inactive list before kickoff. That doesn’t make him much likelier to play. Charlie Batch will start and Dennis Dixon is expected to be the next option should something force Batch out of the game against St. Louis. With the Rams starting Kellen Clemens and being the 2011 Rams, that should be enough for the Steelers to get a win and remain alive in the race for the AFC North title.
They won’t have linebacker LaMarr Woodley, however. Woodley, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is inactive for this week’s contest. This is the fifth game Woodley has missed this season and he left Monday night’s loss to the 49ers early because the problem flared up. As with Roethlisberger, the decision to sit Woodley is likely aimed at keeping the team as healthy as possible for the postseason.