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Tomlin says Ben has a “shot” at playing Sunday

Pittsburgh Steelers Roethlisberger gives backup quarterback Batch a high-five after what turned out to be a completion just short of the St. Louis Rams end zone in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh Reuters

With the Steelers currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff field and in position to climb all the way to No. 1, they’d benefit from the presence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday at Cleveland.

And they may have it.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethsliberger, who suffered a sprained ankle 19 days ago against the Browns, has a “shot” to play.

Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a 27-0 win over the Browns.  He had a 3-1 record in 2010 during Roethlisberger’s suspension.

The Steelers can capture the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win and a Ravens loss to the Bengals.  The road to Indy will wind through Pittsburgh if the Steelers win and the Ravens and Patriots lose.

There’s also an added benefit, if Ben plays.  That tent he wore during Saturday’s game would be available to provide shelter for up to 50 tailgating fans who make the drive to Cleveland.

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44 Responses to “Tomlin says Ben has a “shot” at playing Sunday”
  1. donterrelli says: Dec 27, 2011 2:27 PM

    How great would it be if the Bengals beat the Ravens this weekend? I would love to see those pretentious Ravens get beat by Andy Dalton.

  2. wallacejay says: Dec 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    Why?

  3. ottograham says: Dec 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    I personally do not want to see Ben step on the field unless its in round 1 of the NFL playoffs. Or, pending Baltimore and NE choking, round 2 after a healthy bye week. We need all we got going into this tourney. NFL is up for grabs baby.

  4. cardmagnet says: Dec 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    They should play Batch if they want to win. Roethlisberger can’t move around well enough, and he’ll fall victim to quicksand when he gets hit early and throws his first pick.

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Dec 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    Tomlin is a clown (and I don’t care how many rings he has after inheriting Cowher’s team). It would be ironic if he played him and they won the game but lost their QB for the playoffs!

    If the Steelers can’t beat the Browns (the BROWNS!!) without Ben then they don’t deserve a number one spot…

    And thats a fact.

  6. trbowman says: Dec 27, 2011 2:31 PM

    In other words he’s playing.

    Ok.

  7. sbxxix says: Dec 27, 2011 2:32 PM

    I would keep Batch in there. I would rather have Batch play now instead of risking having to play him in the playoffs. Let Ben get 100% to make a realistic run at the Super Bowl.

  8. Soulman45 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    Frist to say
    Soulman45 could play QB and beat the Bronnies.

  9. mikemyditka says: Dec 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    That jacket came from the new NFL “Benched QB” clothing line designed by Donovan McNabb.

  10. cserisey says: Dec 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    Why? You could pull someone out of the stands and put him in there and they would beat Cleveland, and that’s coming from a life long Browns fan.

  11. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 27, 2011 2:36 PM

    Who really cares about a 5th seed QB?

  12. weepingjebus says: Dec 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    Wow, lookit him try to claw his way back from a sprained ankle. He truly is the grittiest grit that ever grat.

  13. 1buckeye76 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:38 PM

    that creep can roll, man

  14. vegaskid21 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:38 PM

    Why? Charlie Batch looked pretty good. Rest Ben until the playoffs.

  15. lunarpie says: Dec 27, 2011 2:39 PM

    If Big Ben plays hurt, the Steelers will lose. If Charlie Batch plays and Big Ben heals, the Steelers will go to the Super Bowl.

  16. drumnw says: Dec 27, 2011 2:45 PM

    the steelers take the term franchise qb to a whole new level with charlie batch…how long has he been there?

  17. avianflew says: Dec 27, 2011 2:46 PM

    cue the “Ben is raping young girls under that coat” comments…

  18. raythestabber says: Dec 27, 2011 2:49 PM

    Ben has relations with fat girls in bathrooms

  19. redzone36 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:52 PM

    Dennis Dixon started the first two games in 2010, not Charlie Batch. Batch was 1-1 during the suspension.

  20. NoWearMan says: Dec 27, 2011 2:53 PM

    “Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a 27-0 win over the Browns.”

    When EXACTLY did this happen?

  21. citizenstrange says: Dec 27, 2011 2:53 PM

    If Roethlisberger starts hopefully the Steeler defense can hold the Browns to under 10 points.

    It’s probably expecting too much to ask Roethlisberger to match the mind blowing 14 points he got against the Browns earlier.

    That would be like a pitcher throwing two no-hitters in a row … or three if you count his other worldly performance against the Niners.

    Or they could go with Batch and get another easy-does-it 27-0 blowout win.

    GO STEELERS!

  22. test2402 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:54 PM

    Tim Tebow always has a “shot”.

  23. runrickyrun34 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:54 PM

    Even though the Ravens/Bengals game has playoff implications, do you think any thought was given to moving them to 4:15, same time as Steelers/Browns, in order to prompt the relevance of the above article? Yes, the outcome of the Ravens/Bengals game could possibly influence the decision of whether or not BR starts but having both the Ravens/Steelers going at the same time has to have, even if it’s minimal, an impact on the decision. They could’ve been left at 1:00 and it probably wouldn’t have made much difference given that a number of games have playoff implications. Tebow plays at 4:15 so I would be shocked if the Bronco’s game didn’t get played in non-Ravens/Bengals broadcast areas.
    This all given the NFL’s love affiar for doing what they can to avoid having teams sit players in the final game. Just a thought.

  24. ottograham says: Dec 27, 2011 3:01 PM

    raythestabber has relations with fat guys in public

  25. l0yalr0yal says: Dec 27, 2011 3:09 PM

    You know…

    Plaxico Burress had a shot once, too.

  26. fittytuckin says: Dec 27, 2011 3:11 PM

    @weepingjebus

    Funniest PFT comment of the day!

  27. holeinone09 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:12 PM

    I would start Charlie, but if the both the Steelers and Ravens are losing in the second half then consider letting Ben play IF he is healthy enough. Seriously, if the Steelers had things wrapped up and nothing more to gain they would likely rest many starters anyway and save them for the playoffs. Most important way this game is meaningful is if Ravens lose. Now I don’t want Ben rusty for the playoffs but clearly prefer him to be near 100% healthy.

    GO STEELERS!!

  28. naanunaanu says: Dec 27, 2011 3:13 PM

    Steeler fans are WT go back to your double wides queers

  29. ottograham says: Dec 27, 2011 3:15 PM

    runrickyrun34, I believe youre definitely on to something. Didnt really put that into perspective until you mentioned that. Good call…

  30. fsubrowns9510 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:17 PM

    Get it right. 27-0 win was over the Rams not the Browns.

    jeesh and you call yourself writer…cant even report on a game that took place 3 days ago.

  31. jakek2 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:18 PM

    Ben better play. Without homefield, the Steelers are toast.

  32. stevez51 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:20 PM

    Runricky same thought.

    Why only move Ravens/Bengals, Steelers/Browns to 4 and leave the other playoff contenders at 1?? Tebow will be shown everywhere but OH,PA and MD.

  33. steelersmichele says: Dec 27, 2011 3:26 PM

    Forget about Ben getting his “shot.” I am more interested in my teams defense getting a shot at finishing #1 overall. After week 1 and all of those comments about them being old, I’m proud to see those “old guys” back to being the best in the league.

  34. Stiller43 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    Charlie was 1-1 last year during the suspension. Dixon started the first two then got hurt.

  35. dachozen1 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:30 PM

    Go ahead and put Big Ben out there like a medal will be rewarded for an iron man. I get it, Ben is a tough guy. However, putting him out there for defenses to T off on him doesnt do the team any good. You already may have cost the Steelers 1 game for started a clearly hobbled Ben against a good defense in San Fran. No one has the heart to tell Ben to sit and tell him if he wasnt playing wreckless he wouldnt have been hurt 2-3 weeks ago. Scrambling left and right is when play breaks down, that is not the actual strategy for the play. Give him an opportunity to heal so they can make a run at 7!!!Go Steelers but let’s be smart about this.

  36. terrellochouno says: Dec 27, 2011 3:30 PM

    PLEASE, for the love of everything sacred, let the Steelers get the #2 seed. It’s not that I like this team, or even hate Baltimore, but I absolutely cannot deal with Steeler fans going on & on about how they’re “underdogs” this postseason.

  37. cledawg says: Dec 27, 2011 3:45 PM

    Browns in typical fashion find a way to win this game and thus drop their draft pic from 3-4 to 6-7.
    Well……Im ok with this, I hate Pittsburgh that much

  38. approachingnormalcy says: Dec 27, 2011 4:35 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:Dec 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    Tomlin is a clown (and I don’t care how many rings he has after inheriting Cowher’s team). It would be ironic if he played him and they won the game but lost their QB for the playoffs!

    If the Steelers can’t beat the Browns (the BROWNS!!) without Ben then they don’t deserve a number one spot…

    And thats a fact
    ———————————————————-
    Cowher’s team which Tomlin inherited was 8-8 the year before Tomlin took over.

    This “clown” as you call him would be hired by almost any team looking for a coach immediately if he were available.

  39. steelersownyou says: Dec 27, 2011 4:37 PM

    We own cleveland! Always have always will! Joke of a city and joke of a team! Who cares who starts at QB. We could put in elton john & we could win.

  40. paulieorkid says: Dec 27, 2011 5:45 PM

    Ben, Pouncey, Legursky, Wood and anyone who is (legitimately) trying to recover from performance-compromising injuries should have been sat in the ‘Niner game, the Ram game and the upcoming Browns game.

    It is (or at least, could have been) one of the benefits of securing a FLOOR on how low your playoff seed is. We kind of blew it by starting Ben in the ‘Niner game. Let’s learn from that mistake.

    Get the Steelers healthy for the tournament where everybody starts 0-0. Heck, we’ve gone 4-1 with Batch in Batch’s last 5 starts with our defense — but we NEED Ben to advance against playoff caliber competition.

    Top priority: get healthy (as we can). The playoff seeding is a secondary priority. We could have rested Ben and those other players for a month minimum.

  41. jimmer2372 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:52 PM

    Go Steelers

  42. sudz28 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:30 AM

    Maybe if Tomlin had sat Ben for the 49ers game we’d already be on top of the AFC North – START BATCH!! If he struggles early you can always try Dixon, or even Ben if the situation warrants it. No disrespect to Cleveland (who are better than they’ve looked in a long time but still a work in progress), but we should be able to beat the Browns with Batch so rest Ben and Woodley and the rest for the playoffs.

  43. otothez says: Dec 28, 2011 10:49 AM

    Dont look now, but Peyton Hillis is playing some pretty good ball right now along with the Offensive line. This game is going to be a lot closer than most people think. City of Cleveland supports their team and they will be representing. The Browns have a shot at this game with Seneca Wallace and Peyton Hillis.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 28, 2011 11:54 AM

    otothez says:Dec 28, 2011 10:49 AM

    Dont look now, but Peyton Hillis is playing some pretty good ball right now along with the Offensive line. This game is going to be a lot closer than most people think. City of Cleveland supports their team and they will be representing. The Browns have a shot at this game with Seneca Wallace and Peyton Hillis.
    ______________________________

    Your comment made me think a bit about the real possibility of an upset. That is, up until I read your last sentence that included Seneca Wallace. That’s when I realized you were just being sarcastic when saying the browns have a shot – dummy me, you got me.

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