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Steelers rule out Ben Roethlisberger

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

Earlier on Friday, there was reportedly a 35 percent chance of Ben Roethlisberger starting at quarterback for the Steelers against the Ravens on Sunday.

Those chances are down to zero. The Steelers have ruled Roethlisberger out of the AFC North clash as a result of the rib and shoulder injuries that have kept him out of each of the last two games as well. It looked like things were trending in the other direction earlier this week when Roethlisberger was able to practice and said that the decision would come down to his arm strength, but things obviously never panned out on that front.

Charlie Batch, who threw three interceptions in last week’s loss to the Browns, will start for the second straight week. Brian Hoyer will be the backup with Byron Leftwich also ruled out on Friday. The Steelers also ruled out linebacker LaMarr Woodley and right tackle Mike Adams.

The Steelers did get left guard Willie Colon back at practice for the first time this week on Friday. He’s questionable, as is wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu are both probable, with Polamalu ticketed for a “significant role” in his return from a long absence caused by a calf injury.

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40 Responses to “Steelers rule out Ben Roethlisberger”
  1. micahernst says: Nov 30, 2012 2:23 PM

    This is the right call, no point in making the injury worse like we did last year with the high ankle sprain.

  2. ampats says: Nov 30, 2012 2:23 PM

    Coming from a Pats fan that would like to see a Steeler W in Baltimore,

    Start Hoyer, he’s much better than Batch.

  3. iamthefootballjerk says: Nov 30, 2012 2:29 PM

    I just don’t get it. What is the reason for ruling him out today? And I am a Ravens fan.

    I almost feel like the NFL is hypocritical when it comes to gambling. Ruling players out and having injury reports seem to only benefit gambling/gamblers. Am I missing something here?

  4. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:29 PM

    This was the right choice. No reason to expose him before he’s ready. In the grand scheme of things this game isn’t a must-win.

    Hopefully Chuck knocked some of the rust off last week – gonna need a better effort than that,

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Nov 30, 2012 2:32 PM

    As a Raven fan I am really not happy about this. Because we don’t get to have the North Derby this year.

    If we lose, the news will be that we lost to Benless Steelers.

    If we win, the news will be that we won because Ben was not playing.

    But… seeing how tight the AFC top is now, I will take the win and move on… people can say what they want.

  6. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Nov 30, 2012 2:40 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan and detest the Steelers, but I do have to give them credit for doing the right thing.

    At the end of the day, football is a game, there is no sense jeopardizing someone’s permanent health.

  7. studio26seattle says: Nov 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    “Coming from a Pats fan that would like to see a Steeler W in Baltimore,

    Start Hoyer, he’s much better than Batch.”
    _________________________________

    Based on what? Do you even know where Hoyer went to college without using the internet? Or what team drafted him?

  8. Cereal says: Nov 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    I still think Ben is out for another month maybe rest of the year but the Steelers & their medical people are simply holding out hope,,,he sustained a gruesome injury

  9. geniusfan says: Nov 30, 2012 2:47 PM

    I don’t believe in the team of destiny concept you hear every now and then but the Ravens have had a lucky rabbit’s foot in their talons all year.

    The Steelers are in huge trouble now, the Bengals are going to probably pass them in the standings this week and even when Roethlisberger was healthy the Steelers managed to lose to the Titans and Raiders.

  10. taylorgang24 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:49 PM

    “Regardless of the label, we’ll be shocked if he doesn’t play. The notion that the dislocated rib threatens his aorta came from no one but Ben himself” … I guess Big Ben wasn’t making it up after all

  11. juliodamfoolio says: Nov 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    The right call.

    As much as it pains me to say it as a Steeler fan, good job Ravens. They won the games they were supposed to win, and the Steelers didn’t (see Oakland and Tennessee), or they would only be a game behind Baltimore still fighting for the division and basically guaranteed a playoff spot.

    So back to reality – four very winnable games remain, 3 of them at home. A playoff spot still is very much within reach.

  12. camdenyard says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    Anything to knock the black and yellow out of the race, I am for.

    Good call for Ben’s health, though. He would have been out there with 11 lasers painted on his chest. Him playing would be akin to Tomlin calling in an airstrike on his own position.

  13. holeinone09 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    Congrats Ravens and their fans! You will likely win another in-season Super Bowl game this Sunday!

    The question is, what will be said if you don’t, against a Steeler team running on about 4.5 of 8 cylinders? Yep, it would be pretty embarrasing if you don’t run the Steelers out of your stadium this Sunday, with all the key injuries they have, now wouldn’t it? It should be a blow out with them using a washed up third string QB and an old and slow defense with key injuries, right?

    Also, when was the last time the Ravens beat the Steelers in the playoffs (you know, when the games really count towards winning a real Super Bowl)?

  14. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:58 PM

    @geniusfan

    I think pencilling in a Steelers loss this weekend isn’t a bad way to go, but I wouldn’t be ready to put the Bengals over the Chargers just yet – long trip to the West Coast against a team that will be playing mad.

    Even if they do jump them they’ve still got to come to Pittsburgh and play Baltimore in Week 17 who will likely be looking at Home Field…

  15. godzilla111111 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:59 PM

    holeinone09 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM
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    4 of the last 5 clown

  16. jeffa43 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    To answer the question above in regards to the NFL is set up for betting…. Yes..

    Example… Brees throws a pick, no flag, but wait…

    Offsides # 55 …. We need drew to Score to cover the spread…

  17. jjarvis says: Nov 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    I also don’t understand how Hoyer can’t beat out Batch for the start. Bizarre.

  18. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    I want to see the Pittsburgh defense put JoAnne Flacco & Co. in another 4th&29, and let’s see them get out of it again.

    Our 2nd string QB with broken ribs was inches away from victory (fade to Wallace in the EZ) against the Ravens whose offense failed to get into the end zone once. Our QB will now be downgraded even further and the O-line will have it’s umpteenth configuration for the season. The Steelers defense must step way way up (minus Woodley) in this contest and deliver another shut-down performance in front of the Ravens home crowd. It will be epic if achieved.

  19. hines86for6 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:20 PM

    And the 1 of those 5 put your sorry team out of the tournament, which is more important than those other 4 combined.

    Look at it this way, The Steelers have as many SB appearances as the Ravens have division titles since 2006.

  20. stillers213 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    Run the ball and then run the ball some more!

    The end

  21. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 30, 2012 3:42 PM

    I hope the Steelers run the ball as much as possible.

    How many fumbles was it last week? 7 by 5 different players?

  22. toybkshr says: Nov 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    Really too bad, a game like that you want to see each team with it’s “A” list players

  23. lovefootball4life says: Nov 30, 2012 3:59 PM

    holeinone09 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    The question is, what will be said if you don’t, against a Steeler team running on about 4.5 of 8 cylinders? Yep, it would be pretty embarrassing if you don’t run the Steelers out of your stadium this Sunday, with all the key injuries they have, now wouldn’t it? It should be a blow out with them using a washed up third string QB and an old and slow defense with key injuries, right?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What happened to “next man up”? Let’s also not forget that the Raven’s defense is also suffering from a lot of injuries. The players any team puts on the field is all that matters. There are no asterisks on wins and losses.

    Frankly from a strategy point of view, even if Ben could play it is smarter to save him for the late season run than risk extending an injury by playing a rival in a game that frankly will have little outcome in the standings for the Steelers.

  24. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:01 PM

    Steelers can rule out making the playoffs too

  25. epicfailflacco says: Nov 30, 2012 4:01 PM

    Good call by Pittsburgh to sit Ben, God willing this game will be played and as entertaining as the last one without either team suffering anymore crucial injuries…good luck to BOTH squads!!

  26. tsuscrumhalf says: Nov 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I’m not happy about this.

    Beat them & it’s “yep, you should have beaten them”. Lose & it’s “you lost to them w/out their drama queen QB, ha ha ha…………”.

    I want both teams to field their top talent when they play. It’s a great rivalry, the best in the NFL from my view, and even without everyone’s best it’s always heated!

    Hoping Ben gets better & the Steelers make the playoffs…….. Want to get a 3rd game vs them this year.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    I told everyone yesterday he was not playing. Tomlin has learned his lesson about Ben’s tendency to hurt the team when he goes hero on them. I don’t care if we lose to the tee shirt chumpions because we need to get healthy first. Sure I detest the ravens(fans,not players) but beating them is not that important to me. Winning Lombardi’s is our goal not ravenators beloved afcn tee shirt.

  28. ampats says: Nov 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    @studio26seattle,

    Michigan State and he went undrafted and since he has backed up Tom Brady the past three years as after watching him play,I really don’t need the internet to know these facts . Based on your comment it sounded like maybe you didn’t know the answers?

  29. maddogwhite says: Nov 30, 2012 4:26 PM

    At the end of the season, there won’t be an asterisk under the Ravens’ wins that Ben didn’t play. So be it. Steelers move on, try to get our players healthy, and make a run at the playoffs, and maybe replicate what the Giants did last year.

    Ravens have the division, and at best we’ll end up with a six seed. So now we’re playing with house money. Get everyone healthy and see what we can do.

    BTW, give the Ravens their due — this is four straight wins against us (some with Ben, some without), so they’re doing something right. Next time though, Ravens, just don’t drop a pass in the end zone or have your kicker miss a chip shot field goal — otherwise we’re going to be subjected to another Pats team in the SB (providing the Black & Gold don’t run the table).

  30. getyourownname says: Nov 30, 2012 4:45 PM

    holeinone09 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    Also, when was the last time the Ravens beat the Steelers in the playoffs (you know, when the games really count towards winning a real Super Bowl)?
    ********************
    Interesting. I always had the impression that winning regular season games counts, otherwise you don’t get a chance to be in the Super Bowl. Who knew.

  31. 4thand29 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:47 PM

    It’s a shame that he ever got hurt. As a Ravens fan, I’d much rather play the Steelers when they’re at their best. In terms of this game though, I don’t think it really matters. The Steelers probably would have won in Pittsburgh with Big Ben, but I don’t think that they would win in Baltimore even if he were healthy. The Ravens struggle on the road, but are a very hard team to beat at home.

  32. dayumyou says: Nov 30, 2012 5:02 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Nov 30, 2012 4:45 PM

    Interesting. I always had the impression that winning regular season games counts, otherwise you don’t get a chance to be in the Super Bowl. Who knew.
    _______________________

    um no the purpose of winning games in the reg season is to make it to the playoffs so u can have a shot at playing in the SB…..for example the giants got in last year with a 9 -7 record and won it ALL…see how that works??

  33. sdakota says: Nov 30, 2012 5:06 PM

    this is a perfect example why teams should not play each other twice in 3 weeks.hopefully the nfl will not do it again

  34. azarkhan says: Nov 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    I guess all the bozos who wrote earlier that Roethlisberger was faking it feel pretty stupid, huh?

  35. koenig61 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    You can say what you want about Ben being a drama queen, but would he really sit out 3 AFC North games in a row, if it wasn’t serious? Say what you will, but the guy is touch as nails, and if there was any chance at all, he would be out there. But you will still hear so many others claim, the injury wasn’t serious, and Ben was just trying to create more drama. You don’t have to like a player to respect the fact they can play the game better than most.

  36. afreak2u says: Nov 30, 2012 7:46 PM

    Ok as a steelers fan I totally agree with the call now let’s just hope we can keep it close enough to win in the end

  37. holeinone09 says: Nov 30, 2012 8:38 PM

    If the Ravens don’t pound the injury-riddled Steelers into the ground and win by a landslide, what does that mean as to the real quality and heart of the Ravens? If you can’t easily beat a washed up 3rd string QB working behind a patchwork OL where the center has to play guard, what does that mean about your team? This will be really interesting to watch, since no one gives the Steelers a chance.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:03 PM

    holeinone:
    Everytime you post a comment, you embarrass every objective Steelers fan in existence (all three of us)…
    Way back in the season, when most everyone was still healthy, including the superstar quarterback, the Steelers lost to both the 3-8 Raiders and the 4-7 Titans. Remember?
    Those two losses should have served notice to you and others that the 2012 Steelers simply aren’t very good.

  39. raw101 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:03 PM

    Ravenator do you have a crush on the steelets, every article about them you are always posting. Get a life.

  40. holeinone09 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:11 AM

    bobzilla:

    You are incorrect about “most everyone was still healthy” when they lost to the Raiders and Titans. Please go check the injury reports for those games. Further, Ben does not play every position on the team, he is not that versatile. And finally, I would say the same thing about when you make a comment, which is mostly hating on Ben for some reason only you know, which the stats don’t support. Thanks.

    BTW, they beat the Ravens yesterday, so your comment about “the 2012 Steelers simply aren’t very good” is not necessarily true.

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