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.