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Mike Tomlin: Roethlisberger made all the necessary throws

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On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get a chance to prove he was healthy enough to do everything the Steelers expect from their quarterback during practices this week.

Based on what Tomlin had to say after practice on Wednesday, Roethlisberger was awfully close to meeting that goal. Roethlisberger took the majority of the snaps with the first team during the session and Tomlin liked what he saw when Roethlisberger put the ball in the air.

“I’ll see how his body responds in the morning and we’ll go from there,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “But it was a positive day today. He made all the necessary throws.”

Tomlin didn’t go much farther than calling it a positive day and “a good step,” although it’s hard to imagine that Roethlisberger won’t be the starter if he comes back to work on Thursday without suffering any downturn in his condition.

Once the Roethlisberger question is settled, the Steelers can turn their full attention to the rest of their injured players. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, wide receiver Antonio Brown and safeties Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu all missed practice on Wednesday, making their conditions something to watch as the week unfolds before the Steelers host the Chargers.

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25 Responses to “Mike Tomlin: Roethlisberger made all the necessary throws”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 5, 2012 5:58 PM

    Steelers getting healthy as the Ratbirds drop like flys. Its a long season and its not how you play against the Titans in September, its how you play against the Texans in January.

  2. steelpenbucs87 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:11 PM

    The veterans being out is standard practice so I don’t think it’s a surprise to see the safeties out.

    Hopefully Brown is back in business at this point but I’d try to keep him fresh.

    I’d love to see wood back soon but Worlids has played great too

  3. wtf2812 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:23 PM

    Big Ben is coming back. Troy is already back, so is A.B. Once Woodley gets back and DeCastro starts getting some reps, it will all come together just in time.

    Like Boomer Esiaison said Sunday … when Roethlisberger is healthy, the Steelers are the best team in the NFL.

  4. Stiller43 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:36 PM

    Just a veterans day off. If they arent practicing friday, then i’ll be concerned

  5. stoogy says: Dec 5, 2012 6:37 PM

    1-3 over the next for this team will go! this team is pretty awful. Ike taylor being out is going to make it easier for Rivers to spread them out an pick them apart. It might get ugly.

  6. donny1rodriguez says: Dec 5, 2012 6:37 PM

    literally a warrior

  7. steelpenbucs87 says: Dec 5, 2012 7:01 PM

    @Stoogy
    This is the second time that I’ve seen you talk about spreading out the Steelers defense and picking them apart so I just have one question – if it was so easy, why was Flacco and Company not able to do it last Sunday when Taylor was out for the entire game?

    *My apologies to the large number of Ravens fans who were classy in follow-up to last Sunday’s contest. Always nice to see that these guys are truly a loud minority.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 5, 2012 7:03 PM

    Mike waxed poetic about his starting quarterback, “Ben made all the necessary throws, and for the rest of them…….. he just rolled the ball off his nose!”.

  9. jaypell says: Dec 5, 2012 7:07 PM

    Steelers are a getting hot when the time is best to get hot..

  10. tk1966 says: Dec 5, 2012 7:19 PM

    Stoogy (or is it Ravenator? I wonder if you might be one in the same),
    There are only two ugly things you will be seeing. One, of course is your mother. Second will be the slow collapse of the Ravens down the stretch. And I guess to you, the Steelers getting healthy and going on a late season run would also count as something “ugly”.

  11. wvucolumbus says: Dec 5, 2012 7:28 PM

    We take em one at a time
    No reason to look down the line
    Keep your thoughts on the Bolts
    And everything will be fine.

  12. wvucolumbus says: Dec 5, 2012 7:30 PM

    Keenan Lewis is going to be a pro-bowler down the line.

  13. Deb says: Dec 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    Would love to see some injury stats for the league because it seems as though the number of injuries has been unusually high throughout the NFL. As long as Ben’s medical team says that floating rib isn’t a problem, then it will be great to get him back. Also looking forward to getting Brown on the field. Wallace hasn’t been nearly as effective this year, and Sanders may be feeling too pressured. What’s happening with Burress?

    On defense, I’m hoping Clark and Taylor have speedy recoveries. And I miss our big Wolverine.

  14. ravenator says: Dec 5, 2012 7:54 PM

    Hah! This team is so old! Seriously, congrats your team may in fact earn a playoff birth. I do use the word earn with caution though as losses to raiders and titans with 8 turnovers vs browns is just pathetic and laughable. Thats a team effort. Throw out losing to Batch as it is, 3 bad games vs 1, or 2 counting Texans. Ravens lead the afcn and are in driver seat. Pittsburgh needs all the help they can get.

  15. hifive123 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:16 PM

    Mark Sanchez makes all the UNnecessary throws.

  16. stoogy says: Dec 5, 2012 9:02 PM

    me and ravenator are definatly not the same guy! Im a full hearted Raider fan living in western pa. I see how all you yinzer act day in and day out. Your steelers are gods gift to the nfl and you yinzers actually believe that ben is a top 5 QB. Most of you fan are so tunnel visioned because you only watch the steelers play. There are alot better teams in the NFL. The Ravens do have a serious problem with playing down to thier compition when playing the steelers.

  17. kccosteelrzfootball says: Dec 5, 2012 9:25 PM

    [Ravenator] And the Ratbirds lit it up against all those teams you mentioned huh? You need to worry about RG3 and the beating you guys are gonna take from the Skins and stop looking over your shoulder in fear of the Steelers squashing your dreams once again! But i have to admit as many times as the Steelers have ruined your lives, i guess i cant blame you!

  18. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 5, 2012 9:33 PM

    Wonder if a certain NFL pre-game show is going to apologize for their false report that Ben was cleared to play last Sunday, but decided not to?

  19. steel420 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:37 PM

    There’s no way Ben will miss this opportunity to match up against his 2004 draft classmate and prove who was the best QB drafted that year.

  20. ravensdominate says: Dec 5, 2012 9:56 PM

    That game Sunday…. Stunk…

  21. dontstabmeray says: Dec 5, 2012 10:00 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 5, 2012 7:54 PM

    Hah! This team is so old! Seriously, congrats your team may in fact earn a playoff birth. I do use the word earn with caution though as losses to raiders and titans with 8 turnovers vs browns is just pathetic and laughable. Thats a team effort. Throw out losing to Batch as it is, 3 bad games vs 1, or 2 counting Texans. Ravens lead the afcn and are in driver seat. Pittsburgh needs all the help they can get.

    Ravens wont even make the playoffs….9-7
    Its ok….at least you’ll have Flacco for the next decade.

  22. navyeoddavee9 says: Dec 5, 2012 10:43 PM

    ravenator: you are to old, to be still living with your parents.

  23. mwindle1973 says: Dec 5, 2012 11:09 PM

    The AFC North may come down to the last week or two. It’s funny going into last week a BAL victory and CIN loss = Ravens clinch division. Now you have the PIT & CIN at 7-5 with BAL at 9-3. The Ravens have the hardest schedule by far with games at WAS, DEN, NYG & at CIN. These teams are a combined 27-21. PIT’s schedule is SD, at DAL, CIN & CLE. Those teams are a combined 21-27. CIN’s schedule is DAL, at PHI, at PIT & BAL. Those teams are a combined 25-23. PIT has the schedule advantage playing two 4-8 teams and 3 out of 4 at home. But while they have important players coming off injury, sometimes there is a lapse in chemistry when that happens. Too, we don’t know how effective Big Ben will be once he starts taking shots again. BAL should get it done, but they like PIT have people out and people coming off long term layoffs. And they don’t play a team with a losing record. CIN situation seems simple, they are stable right now with injury. They have to win the 2 NFC East games and then they earn another shot at the PIT/BAL hurdle they can’t get over after sweeping both teams in 2009.

  24. sudz28 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:20 AM

    Anyone else notice that as the Ravenators bold predictions fall one after the other and as the Steelers practice squad absolutely demolishes the Ratbirds – in their house – his posts have gotten longer and more rambling? Must suck to watch those wheels coming off you were so sure of back in August.

  25. gmsingh says: Dec 6, 2012 6:50 AM

    It’s good to hear that Big Ben was making all the “necessary throws” because his backups were making all the unnecessary throws.

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