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Roethlisberger expected to start after full practice

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The question no longer seems to be whether Ben Roethlisberger will start for the Steelers on Sunday. The question is how much he will play.

There is nothing else to deduce after Roethlisberger went through a full practice Wednesday.

“He looked all right,” Hines Ward said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t know if he really ran around or stuff like that. He looked good so, with a week [off], he’s feeling a little better, it definitley helped him.”

Gerry Dulac reports that the Steelers expect Big Ben, center Maurkice Pouncey, and wideout Emmanuel Sanders to play against the Browns.  Dulac writes the Steelers want Roethlisberger to take 25-30 snaps, but the Steelers don’t want him coming off too much rest heading into the playoffs.

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  1. dondada10 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:59 PM

    There’s too much to lose playing Ben week 17. Stupid move, Steelers.

  2. earthtopft says: Dec 28, 2011 10:03 PM

    Originally the cooler was much longer and displayed the full name of it’s contents. “Groceries”. But Ben ate over half of it.

  3. cereal blogger says: Dec 28, 2011 10:05 PM

    I wonder if Cleve will retaliate for Harrison’s spear on Colt McCoy a couple weeks back ?

  4. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 28, 2011 10:08 PM

    steeler fans were running their mouths days before the monday night game vs the niners. saying that they were gonna win and that they were gonna destroy the niners defense. and the niners fans were saying the opposite, for the simple fact that big ben was clearly injured. so he and the steelers offense basically had no chance vs the top ranked defense. but nooooo huh steeler fans! you still thought big ben was gonna beat us right!? so after it was all said and done, they started bringing up the injury excuses. so i say bench big ben so that if you lose you wont have any excuses. thats why you have a backup qb on your roster.

  5. ravensj5 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:11 PM

    In the voice of Mr. Burns…Excellent……

  6. latrobe21 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:12 PM

    Big Ben is made of Pittsburgh steel, with a little KennaMetal added.

  7. rr2000k says: Dec 28, 2011 10:12 PM

    Enter the drama queen

  8. cup1981 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:26 PM

    Get him in, get him warm, make some good throws, then get him the hell on the bench. Great idea to get him some work, but be extremely cautious.

    It’ll be nice to see Sanders back too. He has been missed. Having a fully healthy WR corp. back will make this team all the more dangerous in the playoffs. Sanders is the wildcard of the group and provides some double coverage relief for Brown and Wallace. Not to say Cotchery is bad by any means, just Sanders is a more athletic guy that requires an athletic corner to lock up.

  9. getyourownname says: Dec 28, 2011 10:26 PM

    Shocking neews.Who ever expected this?

  10. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 28, 2011 10:27 PM

    It’s a Grade One sprain. The mildest kind. Most QBs would’ve played last week.

  11. norcalmafia says: Dec 28, 2011 10:28 PM

    His gstring wasnt tight enough….

  12. dachozen1 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    It would be nice to see Ben able make it to the playoffs healthy for a change. Last year it was his broken foot, previous year it was his broken finger on throwing hand that required a glove. Today it is his finger and ankle. Now, they think it is a good idea to throw him out there hobbled again with a possible game a week after. Unfortunately, they havent come up with a short passing game consisting of screens and swing passes to help protect Ben from himself. They dont seem to have the leadership willing to make the tough decisions and coach Ben to cut down on some of the playground plays. He’s a great QB but he is unwilling to change and coaches are unwilling to coach him. Even Brady gets screamed at by coaches ocassionally when he’s wrong.

  13. redguy12588 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:33 PM

    Hey Dawgs, can you do us a favor and lie down and play dead? :-)

  14. burtomatic says: Dec 28, 2011 10:34 PM

    ORANGE OUT SUNDAY IN CINCY!! who dey!?!

  15. burtomatic says: Dec 28, 2011 10:34 PM

    wear orange in Da Jungle sunday!

  16. henrykissingerisgod says: Dec 28, 2011 10:37 PM

    I don’t know who my favorite player is. Big Ben or James Harrison???

    Oh well, it is a good problem to have since they are two of the best players in the National Football League!

  17. commandercornpone says: Dec 28, 2011 10:40 PM

    i will take the points.

  18. dolphins4 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:48 PM

    The Steelers have a bye week this week anyway just like last week.I’ve seen high school teams that could beat the Browns and Rams this year.

  19. norvturnersneck says: Dec 28, 2011 10:50 PM

    Please hit him hard since he really has no reason to risk further injury; other than, he will further damage it.
    You’re already in the playoffs. Remember what a bye did for the Patriots last year? Rest it and get healthy.

  20. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 28, 2011 11:08 PM

    “dachozen1 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    It would be nice to see Ben able make it to the playoffs healthy for a change.”

    Oh please. Half of his injuries are made up. His broken ribs a few years ago didn’t exist according to Tomlin and the trainer. Even Cowher said Drama Queen Ben embellished/faked injuries for attention. Some of you are so naive.

  21. earthtopft says: Dec 28, 2011 11:40 PM

    Ben thinks the sign on that box he is sitting on might have said “Groceries” at some point, so he is keeping them safe from misuse by others.

  22. joerevs300 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:44 PM

    For the love of God I do not understand Tomlin’s line of thinking.

    If you can’t beat CLE’s 30th ranked rush defense with Mendenhall/Redman and trust C.Batch to manage the offense for 1 more week, especially with the chances the Ravens are going to lay an egg this close to having HFA for the first time since 2006, then the Steelers probably have no chance beating them in a 3rd meeting let alone NE on the road.

    Ben’s health should be Priority #1 for the Steelers. If he’s healthy, the Steelers can beat anyone and that’s including NO and GB. If he’s not, there is no way we beat the elite in the NFL, period, even with the way our defense has been playing of late.

  23. dmretrogames says: Dec 28, 2011 11:44 PM

    If he can play, he plays. Sends a bad message to the team if stars get games off.

    Plus, if they get the #2 seed, he will go a month between starts if he sits Sunday.

    Plzy, win, let the chips fall where they may.

  24. steelerchicken says: Dec 29, 2011 12:34 AM

    I watched the movie dumb and dumber tonight. Then I read this article! If the Steelers can’t beat the Brownies without Big Ben, Pouncey and Sanders they should pack it in.

  25. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 29, 2011 1:45 AM

    Bad move considering the browns are the ones who hurt him and pounssy in the first place. Well hey thank your for the opportunity to knock those bloated bags of gelatin into next week and out of any chance to advance past the first round of playoffs this year . Stuck on six till 2026

  26. jajibokum says: Dec 29, 2011 1:46 AM

    The big question is not whether Ben will play but will Hines get his catches.

  27. pravin68 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:27 AM

    Tomlin just made the dumbest steelers coaching move with respect to playing an injured QB since Cowher played Ben in the Oakland game. Charlie Batch has shown the last two years he can get it done. Why not let Ben rest another week. Ben can shake off rust in the course of a playoff game. What he cannot do is heal his ankle in the course of a playoff game.

  28. Bubby Brister says: Dec 29, 2011 3:13 AM

    “You’re already in the playoffs. Remember what a bye did for the Patriots last year? Rest it and get healthy.”

    This isn’t last year. A bye is crucial for the Ravens and Steelers. Neither of them play well on the road, they will have to travel to the West Coast (Denver or Oakland) next week and — should they win — turn around and get the pleasure of heading into either Gillette Stadium or their biggest rival’s madhouse.

    Add onto that he health of Ben, Pouncey, Woodley and Harrison for the Steelers and Boldin for the Ravens. Pretty vital players for both teams.

    5 seed? Yeah, no thanks.

  29. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 29, 2011 3:30 AM

    It’s good to know that his flow isn’t heavy enough to keep him out.

  30. jimothyvonstojavic says: Dec 29, 2011 5:15 AM

    I hope he gets hurt. That way, we can rub it in their face and say goodbye to the steelers in the first round.

  31. iluvwikileaks says: Dec 29, 2011 6:55 AM

    You loser 49ers fans are a joke. You beat the Steelers with a qb who could hardly walk. Do you fools actually believe you are going to the Super Bowl? The only thing people associate with your loser city is queers and fairies.

  32. steelersownyou says: Dec 29, 2011 6:58 AM

    49ers are terrible. They struggled all night & got 4 turnovers and you didn’t pyt it away til at the end. Ben loojed like he was 65 yrs. Old. We had no harrison. No pouncey. No sanders. And we were in the game the whole way. I was so unimpresses by the 49ers I made a list of what teams can beat you in the playoffs….NY giants, dallas cowboys..depending on which 1 gets in.
    Green bay of course. And obviously the saints. Steelers have #1 ranked defense. And you can’y even take that spot from an old, slow & its over team! Once ravens choke this weekend afc north champs again suckas!

  33. toegoat says: Dec 29, 2011 7:29 AM

    He is IRONMAN -call em Robert Downey Jr.

  34. stevez51 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:55 AM

    Might not want to try it Ben. Browns always seem to hurt you. He must take them lightly and then look out he gets hit from behind. Maybe they break the ankle this time.

  35. ziggy26 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:24 AM

    1) the Steelers need home-field advantage to have a shot at the SB this year. They have to play their starters as long as they have a chance.

    2) Ben needs reps heading into the playoffs, after having a week off.

    3) Charlie Batch, at home, with no crowd noise, played well. It’ll be different in Cleveland.

    4) Ben went through a full practice, he wasn’t limited.

    5) Bash the Browns all you want, but last week they had the ball in the 4th quarter at Baltimore with a chance to take the lead. You can’t take them lightly.

    Five reasons why Ben needs to start for PIT.

  36. fcs34 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:00 AM

    Of course he’s gonna play. You know what happens when you tell Ben not to do something, it’s just makes him want to do it more.

    Right ladies?

  37. flushdownmikebrown says: Dec 29, 2011 9:10 AM

    6) Ben needs to not assault women

  38. Stiller43 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:32 AM

    CaseyNthonynunoz,

    That same i jury has knocked sam bradford out for pretty much the entire year.

    And most qb’s wouldnt have even tried to play the next game. Not sure what your point is…

    And was that a bears fan commenting about an injured qb being a woman? …seriously? You have the biggest woman of them all on your team! Cutler and ben both have broken thumbs…bens playing through his, not letting his team tank like your boy jay cutler.

  39. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 29, 2011 9:37 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Dec 29, 2011 6:58 AM
    49ers are terrible. They struggled all night & got 4 turnovers and you didn’t pyt it away til at the end. Ben loojed like he was 65 yrs. Old. We had no harrison. No pouncey. No sanders. And we were in the game the whole way. I was so unimpresses by the 49ers I made a list of what teams can beat you in the playoffs….NY giants, dallas cowboys..depending on which 1 gets in.
    Green bay of course. And obviously the saints. Steelers have #1 ranked defense. And you can’y even take that spot from an old, slow & its over team! Once ravens choke this weekend afc north champs again suckas!
    —————————–
    49ers are terrible??? Dude, you got a beatdown, admit it. And if you’re gonna blame injuries then point out the 9ers missing Patrick Willis (arguably best LB in the game) and throw in Josh Morgan if want, hey…he was doing well before he went down

  40. Rebecca D. Nugent says: Dec 29, 2011 9:37 AM

    The more I read these articles and the comments that follow, the more I see the folly in them. First, it’s “Tebow sucks. The Broncos are doomed. They’ll never win another game.” Then, it’s “Huh..maybe this guy has something here.” Then, he loses 2 games after winning, what, 5?? (Could Kyle Orton do that? No.) And everyone’s like, “Tebow sucks..AGAIN.” Travel northeast awhile and one year ago back to Chicago: Jay Cutler has a torn ACL in a playoff game, so he’s on the sidelines. The media goes into their usual frenzy about what a pansy he’s being and that he’s “giving up.” Fast forward to now, to a QB that plays like a warrior and isn’t a little crybaby about his injuries and gives everything he has to his team and the game of football. And he comes the feeding frenzy….had Tomlin decided to sit him out for the Browns game, I GUARANTEE that there would be just as much backlash.

    At least be consistent, people.

  41. naanunaanu says: Dec 29, 2011 9:42 AM

    The browns aren’t as bad as we think they play tough in the division and of they get a few breaks they steal one.

    And as far a Ben goes I hope plays and a brownie puts a shot at Bens face mask exactly like the put on McCoy. Then we can hear more steelers crying

  42. weepingjebus says: Dec 29, 2011 9:51 AM

    Wow, throwing his hat back into the ring a mere three weeks after an ankle sprain. I bet they’ll barely even need to put him in his iron lung at halftime.

  43. coachparks says: Dec 29, 2011 10:49 AM

    Ben needs to play some so he won’t be so rusty when the playoffs starts. He has been known not to play well after a injury.

  44. CKL says: Dec 29, 2011 10:53 AM

    Stiller43 says:

    And was that a bears fan commenting about an injured qb being a woman? …seriously? You have the biggest woman of them all on your team! Cutler and ben both have broken thumbs…bens playing through his, not letting his team tank like your boy jay cutler.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Cutler’s injury was different. BR’s break was in the top segment of his thumb, Cutler’s was lower, towards the hand and I think it involved ligaments and it definitely involved surgery. Can’t play with what Cutler had, but QBs play all the time after fracturing that part of their thumbs. Not questioning anyone’s toughness at all, but it’s a night and day difference in the type of injury.

    Anyone hear the little smack BR got in at Cowher in his interview yesterday? Too funny, he felt the need to do that. Cowher has done nothing but praise him since he got his TV gig.

  45. steelers7 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:51 AM

    There you go big ben

  46. pfunk1971 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:58 AM

    For all those “They are just the Browns” commenter’s, one thing you need to remember, this is a division rival. They know your playbooks, your tendencies and if anyone is going to upset you, it will be your division rival. I guarantee any of you would not be feeling the same way if your teams crucial game hinged against one of your rivals, then again, maybe you would feel confident. Having your team reside in the AFC North guarantees a black and blue game anytime you play your rival. I may dislike the Ravens, Browns and Bengals, but I respect the hell out of them. Any given Sunday folks. All the players are professionals, no game is a given. All it takes is one person at a key position to have an extraordinary day to change an outcome of any game.

  47. occamssabre says: Dec 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    I’m thinking the Browns wanna smash Big Ben’s head into the ground as early and painfully as legally possible. You know, not spearing or headhunting like every other Stoolers defender does. Just a good ole fashioned pounding of the opponent QB!

    So yeah, let Ben play.

  48. stairwayto7 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:52 PM

    Pitt gets up 21-3 early in 2nd and then runs Mendenhall, redman and clay thru that soft def..final 31-10 AFC NORTH CHAMPS STEELERS!

  49. jimmer2372 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:24 PM

    sportsguybayarea-

    Really ? Steeler fans thought the Steelers were going to win? Hmmm interesting.

    occamssabre –

    What is the Brown’s all time record against BR?

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