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Report: Roethlisberger will not play this week

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger avoids the pursuit of Kansas City Chiefs' Houston during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh Reuters

A pair of reports are casting doubt on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday’s showdown with the Ravens.

The first is from Jay Glazer of FOX and it straight out says that Roethlisberger will not play with Byron Leftwich getting the start in his place. Glazer writes that the Steelers won’t take any chances with Roethlisberger’s health at this point in the season.

On Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin described Roethlisberger’s injury as a sprain to the sternoclavicular (SC) joint. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that’s not the only injury causing the quarterback a hard time at the moment. Per Bouchette, Roethlisberger also suffered a rib injury when he was sacked by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston on Monday night.

With the team still sorting out just what Roethlisberger hurt and how severely he hurt it, there’s no clear picture of when he’s going to be back in the lineup. It sounds like a real stretch that Roethlisberger will be ready in time to play this week, but, as Bouchette writes, anything beyond that is just speculation until there’s more information out of Pittsburgh.

If Roethlisberger is out, the Steelers could be rolling into their matchup with Baltimore without several key players. Troy Polamalu, Antonio Brown, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Clark and Marcus Gilbert could all be out of the lineup as Pittsburgh tries to jump into the division lead.

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45 Responses to “Report: Roethlisberger will not play this week”
  1. spellingcops says: Nov 14, 2012 8:49 AM

    I’m thinking that 6lomabrdi idiot is in his parents’ basement weeping right now…

  2. ravenut06 says: Nov 14, 2012 8:53 AM

    Here it comes……”if the Ravens win, they could only do it with the backups, not our first string.” To that i say look at the last two years in Pitt. yes we won, and yes on last min 80+ yard drives, and against the so called ‘steel curtain’

  3. ravenator says: Nov 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    Worried about Ben playing and performing well, nahh! I just couldn’t stand to hear how tough he is while Flacco has yet to miss a start in his entire career.

    Steeler fans, your season is over, and the beggining of the end starts on Sunday night. This is going to be so much fun to watch. I bet the stadium is empty by halftime. Ravens win in dominating fashion.

  4. Move Them Chains says: Nov 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    Queue the excuses Steeler fans. The Ravens have plenty of injuries too…
    Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Smith just to name a few.

  5. ralphiepower says: Nov 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    I don’t want excuses!

    I am a browns fan and we have been playing with out a starting QB since our return…

  6. geezohman says: Nov 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    I’m a die hard steeler fan since 1970. even attended a Terry Bradshaw speaking engagement, got several pictures, him signing my football card etc etc.

    I was at the Kansas City Game thanks to my brother having season tickets.

    I’m also in a football fantasy league. I do not care for the Ravens.. but picking Pittsburgh to win Sunday night… I’ll have to decide that right up to game time.

    Did not a last place team give Ravens trouble, did not KC give Steelers trouble.. Leftwich got the rust off and Dwyer could have a good game and rest of team will have to STEP up.

    Hows that for optmism ! lol

  7. holeinone09 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    If Ben is injured that badly, there is no other decision than to sit him and let him rest so he is in great shape for the playoffs, which they will be in this year. While this makes beating the Ravens a tougher road this weekend, no reason to think they won’t beat them. I expect the team to really around Byron, try to get a punishing running game going, and harrass the heck out of Flacco into making mistakes. It is time for Harrison, Woodley and Timmons to wreak havoc, and the OL to open some gaping holes.

    And while ALREADY some posters are talking about the Steelers making excuses because so many key players won’t play (and which the team NEVER makes any excuses so I don’t know what these people are talking about), let’s see what excuses the Ravens will use when the Steelers win after being underdogs without so many key players including their most important player, Ben.

  8. mazblast says: Nov 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wish the media would stop listing Polamalu as a key player. He’s missed more time than he’s played the last two seasons, and isn’t particularly effective when he does attempt to play.

  9. trbowman says: Nov 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Yawn. Yes he will.

  10. mancinibread says: Nov 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Love the comments from people who’ve never set foot in Pittsburgh talking about the stadium being “empty”. Yinz just don’t get what it means to be a Steeler fan, there’s no such thing as “fair weather fans” here, we bleed black and gold and will support our team no matter what, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    The team and Steeler Nation will rally around Byron, this year is all about “Next Man Up” and while it’s rarely pretty, the job usually gets done. That is the spirt of Pittsburgh, not replicated elsewhere in all of sports. Keep on hating though, if that’s what it takes to feel better about your own team/city.

  11. toddwardou says: Nov 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Rick Reilly wants credit for this!

  12. steeltowntowelies says: Nov 14, 2012 9:15 AM

    @ ravenator:

    Are you retarded? The Ravens aren’t the team of their former selves either. Porous Run-D without your idiot “Godfather” leader coupled with your best defensive player (Webb) out and a less than 100% Suggs does not amount to a domination.

    Game will be close and I won’t be surprised if either team wins, but the Ravens are not going to win a SB this year. The Steelers might not either, but there is no dominant AFC team this year. Even the Texans are vulnerable. No one is making excuses. Just get ready for a dogfight on Sunday night Ratbirds, b/c it’s going to be an ugly game.

  13. joetoronto says: Nov 14, 2012 9:17 AM

    Think about this for a minute, they decided on Tuesday that he can’t play on Sunday.

    This could very well be season ending.

  14. ravenater says: Nov 14, 2012 9:21 AM

    Thank goodness Big Ben can’t play!! My prayers have been answered! Him, Antonio Brown, Mandenhall, Polamalu, who else can be held out of the game? In all honesty, that’s the only way my team the Ravens can possibly win, and who knows they may still lose. Oh well, at least the library is still open for me to communicate from :). But if the Ravens lose I will probably hide for a while, you can understand that, right?

  15. thepancakebandit says: Nov 14, 2012 9:21 AM

    I have to be honest here. I’m a die-hard, lifelong Packers maniac. I used to hate the Steelers and especially Big Ben.

    HOWEVER, I have really been gained a TON of respect for both the organization and Ben himself. The man is truly a warrior — he can tough out almost anything, and that in itself is pretty worthy of respect, if you ask me. He’s always been a “team first” guy, and that’s the kind of thing I love to see in a player, no matter who he plays for.

    I’m always rooting for Ben nowadays, and even the Steelers (except against Green Bay, of course). So this is rather susprising he’s actually missing a whole game!

    I hope he recovers fast, and it is nothing too significant.

  16. mrbigass says: Nov 14, 2012 9:23 AM

    They keep sayin’ Polamalu has a “calf injury”.

    What does that mean? Torn muscle?

  17. barbasol11111111 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:24 AM

    Good lord fans of both of these teams are insufferable

  18. ravenution says: Nov 14, 2012 9:24 AM

    Polamalu is just a name at this point. Same for Harrison.

    We are without Ray Lewis and Webb. Plus Ngata is not 100%.

    Ravens/Steelers is not about personalities and star name like other rivalries are. Example, Colts/Pats mean nothing now that Peyton is gone from Indy and…well..sucks.

    Regardless of the players, Ravens/Steelers will always be real man’s football. And the Steelers will be exposed for the old slow overrated team they are.

    It’s the RAVENS and the rest of the AFCN.

  19. steelerben says: Nov 14, 2012 9:26 AM

    Before it is time to call the season over, let’s look at the remaining schedule.

    Ravens twice, Browns twice, San Diego, Dallas and Cincy.

    Even losing to the Ravens twice, assuming that happens, that leaves the Steelers needing to win five games against sub .500 teams to be 11-5. That says playoff team to me, even if we can’t win the division. If sitting Ben for two weeks gets him back healthy to play, and we split the series, the Ravens have to get past a couple late season games against the Broncos and the Giants to keep a division lead.

    It is a little early to be calling the season done, folks.

  20. flaccounibrow says: Nov 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    Move Them Chains says:Nov 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    Queue the excuses Steeler fans. The Ravens have plenty of injuries too…
    Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Smith just to name a few.
    ______________________________
    Hardly the same. The game would have been on even keel had Ben played considering. Troy, A. Brown, Gilbert etc…. are not playing. I wounder how Balt. would fare with tyrod taylor vs. Ben. That being said this game is like arm wresteling your little sister. If you win….well you are supposed to. But lose and you are a laughing stock. Looking at baltimore, with their pathetic D, (which was pathetic even before lewis and webb were hurt) they are already a laughing stock.

  21. ziggy26 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    mazblast says: Nov 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wish the media would stop listing Polamalu as a key player. He’s missed more time than he’s played the last two seasons, and isn’t particularly effective when he does attempt to play.

    ——————————————————–

    Polamalu played in all 16 games last year, and 14 of 16 the year before. He had 91 tackles last year, his highest total since 2005, including 7 “stuffs” the highest of his career.

    The year prior he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

  22. joetoronto says: Nov 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    spellingcops says:
    Nov 14, 2012 8:49 AM
    I’m thinking that 6lomabrdi idiot is in his parents’ basement weeping right now…
    **********************************************
    What do you think the Steelers are going to do on Sunday without Roethlisberger, throw the ball 60 times?

    No, they’re going to commit to the run.

    Who can’t stop the run anymore, any guesses?

    If you want to find an idiot, look in the mirror.

    SMH.

  23. humbleminded85 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    toddwardou says: Nov 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Rick Reilly wants credit for this!
    ——————————————————
    HA! Tip of the hat for the comment of the day.

  24. troy43mvp says: Nov 14, 2012 9:45 AM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers Don’t Do Excuses ! The Reason We Are Confident as Fans is Because We Are Good! The Reason Raven Fans Hate The Steelers is Because We Are Good. I Love the Fact That You Hate Us Raven Fans Because It Serves as a Reminder That…….We Are Good!!

  25. takingbacksundays5 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:47 AM

    mancinibread says:

    Love the comments from people who’ve never set foot in Pittsburgh talking about the stadium being “empty”. Yinz just don’t get what it means to be a Steeler fan, there’s no such thing as “fair weather fans” here, we bleed black and gold and will support our team no matter what, NO EXCEPTIONS.
    ———————————————————-
    Um, the stadium WAS empty on Sunday night. Everyone saw it. Halfway through the second half that stadium couldn’t have been more than 50% full. It was pathetic.

    The Steelers fanbase is probably the most overrated in all of sports.

  26. jjackwagon says: Nov 14, 2012 9:47 AM

    @ mancinibread

    Why is it necessary to “set foot” in Pittsburgh to see that the stadium was half empty? With any decent camera angle it was plain to see.

    I guess a half empty stadium when the game was still in question “explains what it means to be a Steeler fan.”

  27. cereal blogger says: Nov 14, 2012 9:56 AM

    He always seems to get hurt just before the Ravens games

  28. barbasol11111111 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:03 AM

    KC was running fine until Baltimore figured out that Cassel was just not throwing the ball at all and put 9 guys in the box.

    i.e. Leftwich has to at best just keep them honest.

    This is obviously a game the Steelers can win at home with running and defense alone, if they play it right.

    It’s also obviously a game where they could go down early and have no chance

    It’s not like the Steelers 4 game win streak has been any more impressive than some of these Ravens wins

  29. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 14, 2012 10:04 AM

    This just shows how much of a must win this would be for the Ravens. On the road against a hot Steelers team. On the road where we don’t play well and against a division rival without there starting QB. There’s more pressure on the Ravens than the Steelers.

  30. mancinibread says: Nov 14, 2012 10:15 AM

    Because by “setting foot” in Pittsburgh you would realize yhat Heinz field has two enormous sections where fans can watch the game under cover, which will happen when it is POURING down rain, as it was Sunday night. These sections were not shown on tv, just the seats that the people had vacated to STAY DRY, not to LEAVE.

  31. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Nov 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    It is not the first time the stadium has been noticably less than full for a prime time game. A lot of the Steeler fans that have tickets travel in for the games and it is harder to do that for a Monday night game.

  32. 3yardsndust says: Nov 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    The Ravens will fall apart the closer they get to the playoffs. Mark my word.

  33. rodgersrodgersheisking says: Nov 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    I reckon the Steelers are better without Polamalu anyway. They’ve definitely been burnt deep less.

  34. theralph2012 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:31 AM

    Steeler fans brag about how passionate their fanbase is because meatheads get Tattoos of lombardi trophys they werent alive for. The fact is, while they do travel pretty well, on a Monday night nationally televised game, there were more empty seats than filled, and that’s pretty embarrassing

  35. tluke25 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:31 AM

    Why are these Ravens fans on here yelling at the Steeler fans, “I’m tired of the Steeler fans making excuses.” I don’t know what excuse they have yet to make. Neither team has played each other yet.

    And the Ravens fans trying to tell the Steeler fans “don’t complain that your without Roethlisberger and Polamalu because we are without Lewis and Webb.” – that just doesn’t even make any sense. Playing without those 2 Steeler players is going to be much, much more difficult than the Ravens playing without Lewis and Webb. That would be like the old school Lakers telling the Celtics, “Don’t whine that Larry Bird is hurt, we are going to be without Kurt Rambis!”

  36. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 14, 2012 10:33 AM

    Ravens are missing some starters on defense as are the Steelers, but how many starters are the Ravens missing on offense like a starting QB, #1 WR, #1 RB ? A good team can weather a few missing starters, but how can any team really perform missing multiple starters on both sides of the ball ? 2nd, 3rd string players are that for a reason and paid much less than starters and in most instances dilute the unit they’re on. No one can expect the same brand or quality of football with half a dozen backups in starting roles. The Ravens have the edge and not just because Ben being out, it’s across the board.

  37. steelerdeathstar says: Nov 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    Let’s face it, Polamalu, Mendenhall, and Gilbert have pretty much been non-factors all season for the Steelers. If Brown doesn’t play, that will hurt a bit, but can be overcome.
    Ben can’t be replaced, but Leftwich is a veteran, and with playing time against KC, and a week’s worth of prep, he likely won’t embarass himself or the team.
    If Ryan Clark can’t go Sunday, that could be arguably the hardest to overcome.

  38. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    So which is it – is it he WILL not play as your declarative headline states or probably won’t as your article states?

  39. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 14, 2012 10:48 AM

    Again, I dont hear a single Steelers fan making excuses, just a bunch of lost Ravens fans pounding their chest because they caught a break. Leftwich will step up with a week of practice, Dwyer, Redman and Mendenhall are all hungry, the defense is looking great and we all know how the Ravens play on the road.

    As for the stadium on Monday night, the Steelers provide a standing pavillion that can shelter abour 10,000 fans all with a great view of the game, which we take advantage of when its raining. Way to show you have no idea what youre talking about.

    Steelers fans arent making excuses, but what will Ravens fans say when their team loses to a backup QB?

  40. rockthered1286 says: Nov 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Nov 14, 2012 10:33 AM
    Ravens are missing some starters on defense as are the Steelers, but how many starters are the Ravens missing on offense like a starting QB, #1 WR, #1 RB ?
    ____________________________
    No sir. Brown is your #2 WR (even his stats this season abck it up) and Mendenhall is a #2 RB (last year is not this year. Every Steelers fan I’ve talked to said Mendenhall is done and Dwyer is their hands down #1 guy even with a healthy Mendenhall).

    Meanwhile the Ravens are missing their #1CB, who is also a top 5 in the NFL, their #1 D-Lineman in Ngata, and their #1 ILB in Lewis.

    You’re move sherlock.

  41. karla36 says: Nov 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Doesn’t matter whether or not he plays, we will still get to hear Collinsworth drool about him!!

  42. timmons94 says: Nov 14, 2012 12:11 PM

    As long as they have Flacco we have a chance even if mark Malone is at qb. Ravens d is pathetic and Flacco is just not any good steelers win. Regardless of who is out.

  43. mbart94 says: Nov 14, 2012 12:51 PM

    The Ravens and their fans are idiots! You could only win a super bowl with a team from another city and other than that what have you guys done? Make it to the playoffs often – wow what an accomplishment – you bunch of Baltimoron Barneys

  44. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 14, 2012 1:07 PM

    @rockthered1286

    Kirby Wilson, Steelers RB’s coach stated in an interview a few weeks ago that Mendenhall is the lead horse. Redman #2, Dwyer #3 on the depth chart. Redman and Dwyer also stated in interviews that the starting role is Mendenhalls.

    Antonio Brown is #1 on the depth chart, was signed to a multi-year multi-million dollar contract while Wallace only signed a one year tender.

    Hey, you forgot to list all the Ravens offensive starters that will not play on Sunday. I wonder why ?

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 14, 2012 3:47 PM

    holeinone09 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    If Ben is injured that badly, there is no other decision than to sit him and let him rest so he is in great shape for the playoffs, which they will be in this year. While this makes beating the Ravens a tougher road this weekend, no reason to think they won’t beat them. I expect the team to really around Byron, try to get a punishing running game going, and harrass the heck out of Flacco into making mistakes. It is time for Harrison, Woodley and Timmons to wreak havoc, and the OL to open some gaping holes.

    And while ALREADY some posters are talking about the Steelers making excuses because so many key players won’t play (and which the team NEVER makes any excuses so I don’t know what these people are talking about), let’s see what excuses the Ravens will use when the Steelers win after being underdogs without so many key players including their most important player, Ben.
    —————

    If he misses the rest of the season, or even the next five games, they WILL NOT be in the playoffs.

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