The Steelers get back to practice on Wednesday, which means that we’ll kick off another round of Roethlisberger Watch.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has missed the last three weeks after suffering rib and shoulder injuries, but he was able to return to practice for the team last week and is expected to practice again this week. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that soreness in his shoulder and chest has diminished and that he’s trying to improve his strength and range of motion now that there’s less pain.
The test for Roethlisberger will be the same as it was last week. He’ll need to show the team’s coaches that he’s able to make every throw he’ll be called on to make during games and will not play if he fails to reach that standard. We wouldn’t expect any ruling on Roethlisberger’s status until much later in the week as the Steelers decide whether or not the time is right to bring their starter back into the lineup.
If he’s still not ready, Charlie Batch will start against the Chargers after leading the team to a win against the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore.