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Report: Ben’s not at full strength, but can run the whole offense

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s injured shoulder wont be at full strength today in Denver. But he won’t be as limited as he was at the end of last week’s game at Cincinnati.

That’s the word from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who says Roethlisberger is less than 100 percent but close enough that the Steelers’ full playbook is available. If the Steelers want to throw deep, they’ll throw deep.

That wasn’t the case at the end of the Bengals game: An obviously injured Roethlisberger was throwing with a flick of the wrist and elbow, noticeably favoring his right shoulder. The Steelers still moved into game-winning field goal range without Roethlisberger at 100 percent, but 30 of those yards came from Bengals penalties, and it’s hard to imagine a quarterback playing a full game looking like Roethlisberger looked at the end of the game in Cincinnati.

Fortunately, the Steelers won’t have to see that. Roethlisberger isn’t fully healthy, but he’s healthy enough.

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67 Responses to “Report: Ben’s not at full strength, but can run the whole offense”
  1. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 17, 2016 9:38 AM

    They’ll put up a good fight, but no one is stopping Denver except for Seattle.

    It’s really is THAT simple.

  2. sonofsamadams says: Jan 17, 2016 9:39 AM

    Ben tried to make an injury sound worse than it was last week? I’m shocked! Next thing you know Aaron Rodgers will be blaming something other than play on the field, like a coin toss, for their overtime loss!

  3. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 17, 2016 9:39 AM

    GO BRONCOS!

  4. stillers213 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:41 AM

    Win or lose today, it’s been a very entertaining week watching Bengal fans cry incessantly and try to deflect blame. Your team fumbled, bumped a ref, and intentionally targeted the head of a WR all in the last 2 minutes of a playoff game you had in control. Only a handful of you have even owned the fact that your out of control team blew it. The jealousy of teams like the Steelers, Pats, and Giants is very entertaining from this side of the fence. Thanks again.

  5. ocgunslinger says: Jan 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    One tough guy beyond question. I sincerely hope he can function well enough as this will be a tough game.

  6. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 17, 2016 9:43 AM

    Please, enough lies. He’s playing. Never a doubt. I hope he wins. As much as I’d like to see NE win in Denver a home game is too much to pass up.

  7. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2016 9:48 AM

    Big steeler fan for today only. Unfortunately, Denver is gonna crush them, thus robbing the Patriots of the pleasure next week.

  8. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Jan 17, 2016 9:51 AM

    Of all emotions targeted towards the Steelers, none are remotely close to jealousy. Dirtbag org with fans following suit. Cowher was a very likable guy but Tomlin is a scumbag and karma is about to show herself.

  9. floratiotime says: Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    Once again he climbs off his deatbed to be the hero. Yawn.

  10. stipez says: Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    When my Pats were 1-15 I was jealous of other teams but I never lost my mind and called for asterisks and gov’t intervention, I just called them bleepin bleep-holes. Who cares if they used stickum, fumbled forward, stole signals, quick snapped, fake spiked or deflated balls, it’s called Gamesmanship and everyone does it at all levels forever throughout time. You get caught, you stop doin it. People need a grip.

  11. jm91rs says: Jan 17, 2016 10:00 AM

    Rappaports source is of course Ben. He’s tough, but we only know that because he tells us every week.

  12. jamezz23 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:00 AM

    I’ll be rooting for them!

  13. coloradofort says: Jan 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    Ok, thanks for the “Captain Obvious” update.

    Steelers get beat today but then again they should not even be playing in the game (thanks Cincy!).

    Broncos roll today but have a very difficult match-up awaiting in the Patriots.

  14. thespread00 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:19 AM

    I like for all the haters to show me one time where Big Ben said himself that he is so tough! You people are just jealous cause the QB for your favorite team is garbage! People talk about Ben embellishing injuries, what about how Tom Brady will be probable every week with a shoulder but actually has no injury? It’s called misinformation and all teams do it!

  15. rogerdw66 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:22 AM

    I’m sure the Bronco “Mad Dog” Blitz will be gentle with him and that there exists zero chance for further injury or a new one. Good luck, Ben.

  16. baltimorons says: Jan 17, 2016 10:22 AM

    Best QB in NFL history. Toughest player in NFL history.

  17. citizenstrange says: Jan 17, 2016 10:23 AM

    As I always say to my wife when she asks if I have room for dessert ….. “I’m weak but I’ll try.”

  18. ohand16 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    Steelers win this game. They are the better overall team physically and mentally. And they get the benefit of playing against Peyton Manning in the playoffs. Who could ask for more?

  19. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:27 AM

    Wow, more than a few pretty confident Bronco fans out there. How about if we let the men play the game first before declaring a winner. You’re showing the same dumb, arrogant attitude Steeler fans were showing three weeks ago when we played the Ravens.

    In 1979 the Houston Oilers were on the road, in the divisional round, against the Chargers and Dan Fouts. They played that game without their starting QB, WR, and RB. And they won.

    Besides, are you really that daft that you’d bet on Manning NOT to do something brain dead stupid? What part of his playoff history are you unfamiliar with?

    Looking forward to a good game – hope it will be as entertaining as the others.

  20. annes22 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:35 AM

    What happens if Peyton gets hit?? He might not be around for the entire game either, so you have two guys who have health problems. Who ever is standing at the end will probably be the winner.

  21. schmitty2 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    Any fan of either team predicting their team is going to “roll” to an easy victory is flat out moronic. The Beoncos barely got by the crappy Chargers and had to pull Osweiler to bring in Manning who hasn’t played a full game in months. The Steelers are missing their top 2 Rb’s and top WR and their Qb is hurting. This is going to be a fg fest at best

  22. clamnewton says: Jan 17, 2016 10:44 AM

    Is he healthy enough to act like every hit broke a bone, leave for awhile to reasearch seedy Denver bars on his phone, and then prance back onto the field at the end to throw “heroic” check downs?

    If so, he’s good-to-go.

    I can’t wait to hear three hours of nonstop “he’s so tough” talk.

    At least they’ll be getting smoked while I’m forced to listen.

  23. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 17, 2016 10:47 AM

    completely sick of hearing about this. Play or don’t play.

  24. 87whines says: Jan 17, 2016 10:50 AM

    Of course not!!!

    Great QB, but has primo donna and savior complex. This guy is the poster child for injury embellishment, then miraculously heals.

    He will start with 6 dink and dunks to pull the D in, then he is going to drop one up top to Bryant and the cat will be out of the bag.

  25. diehardfootballfan says: Jan 17, 2016 10:54 AM

    Ben is Ben. Get over it you losers who don’t have a great QB like him or Tom B. They may be drama queens, BUT THEY ARE WINNERS.

  26. steeltroll says: Jan 17, 2016 10:58 AM

    What has Roethlisberger done in the post season lately? Show me something. If the Steelers lose, fine. But I don’t want to see last year’s Ben vs. Ravens. I don’t want to see ok Ben. I want to see a Ben that balls out, win or lose. It’s been too long since Ben played lights out in the post season. If you don’t have the black and gold glasses on, you know I’m right. Let’s go Steelers!

  27. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 17, 2016 11:04 AM

    It matters not. The important and forever bound in the history books fact is that the Bengals, Ravens, and Browns failed to make it this far.

    “Your suffering will be legendary”
    Pinhead

  28. steelcurtainn says: Jan 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    Big Ben will make normal plays, run the ball well, commit no turnovers and sit back back and watch manning throw 2 to 3 picks. Steelers win!!!

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 17, 2016 11:14 AM

    Big steeler fan for today only. Unfortunately, Denver is gonna crush them, thus robbing the Patriots of the pleasure next week.

    Sorry Teddy nobody here cares what a Pats air bag thinks. Time to drink another glass of gloat little ma

    Would love to see the Steelers win but I will enjoy the Broncos beating the Cheaties

  30. buckeyeguy5 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:15 AM

    Another ‘heroic’ effort from the drama Queen

  31. jwleroy says: Jan 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    Hilarious!!!! BURFICT terminated the Stoolers…….Antonio Brown, Leweedeon Bell, and Big Jen. They have zero chance in Denver. Roethlisburger will tap out in the first half. Book it !

  32. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    This is going to be ugly close game, or a blowout if Peyton doesn’t have a run game.

  33. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:25 AM

    i’m a tough guy and no one can knock this battery off my shoulder

  34. whodey420 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:28 AM

    I read on another site that the Broncos signed Martha
    Fleishman earlier this morning. She wants another shot
    at Ben.

  35. xavier179 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:30 AM

    The diva will play, it’s all about getting attention.

  36. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 11:31 AM

    @clamnewton… Worry about your panther team! Seattle gonna whoop them Lil boys! Newton will show what a total clown he really is. Dancing around like a stupid fool. Wait til that Seattle D smacks him around a bit!

  37. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 11:34 AM

    Oh Lord I do love me some butt hurt bungles and ratbirds fans that post their hate filled rants of the Steelers. Is it wrong that I love their tasty tears and take pure enjoyment in their outrage and contempt?? Hahahahaha I love it!

  38. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2016 11:42 AM

    Good to hear from you droolboy. The power must be back on at the trailer park. Congrats.

  39. BruinsRockU says: Jan 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    Flip a coin today.. too many factors on both sides. .

  40. jwleroy says: Jan 17, 2016 11:50 AM

    Stooler fans can shut their traps and go back to their shanties after today. The football world will be a much better place.

  41. luckyforus says: Jan 17, 2016 11:57 AM

    The hate spewed on this site is ridiculous.

  42. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 11:58 AM

    You hate the Steelers and us fans cause your fans and team ain’t us! 6 lombardis and growing ladies!

  43. Florio is Rooneys Lovechild says: Jan 17, 2016 12:16 PM

    sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: You hate the Steelers and us fans cause your fans and team ain’t us! 6 lombardis and growing ladies!
    ========
    Actually reading your comment makes me hate the Pittsburgh Public Schools more than anything my friend. String sentences together much?

  44. gopblows says: Jan 17, 2016 12:23 PM

    The hate is because you hillbillies praise a woman abuser but hate a dog abuser.

  45. theofficialshotcaller says: Jan 17, 2016 12:24 PM

    Translation: he can only throw it 5 yards like Teddy Bridgewater, Alex Smith or …Peyton Manning

  46. thetooloftools says: Jan 17, 2016 12:28 PM

    Ben The Beast.
    The man has heart I’ll give him that.

  47. openfieldtackle says: Jan 17, 2016 12:47 PM

    Go Steelers! Just stay in the game until Q4 and give Ben a chance to pull out a win. Anyone close to the game knows what Wheaton has done all week…. Watch for a big game from him.
    Thanks to the Bengal meltdown Steelers get to live another week!

  48. mikerobo1026 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:48 PM

    It’s alright. We’ll have Antonio and DeAngelo next week when we go into Foxboro. The only stories this week are steelers injured offense against the so called best Defense in the league. The story today will be the Steelers underrated defense against an inept offense led by future first ballot HOF QB named Peyton Manning. Don’t forget, Peyton has sucked all year and this is the playoffs where Peyton has a horrible track record. Stop the run and steelers win.

  49. runtheball says: Jan 17, 2016 12:50 PM

    Either of these teams with a healthy QB will beat New England next week.

  50. rankster1950 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:57 PM

    Most of the losers on here don’t have a team in the playoffs. Steelers in an upset.

  51. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 17, 2016 12:58 PM

    baltimorons says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:22 AM
    Best QB in NFL history. Toughest player in NFL history.

    Hilarious and as wrong as wrong can be.

  52. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 17, 2016 1:00 PM

    Funny you say that Teddy the Boaster as Ian off the grid and it’s cloudy so the solar is pretty weak. But this is hardly East Roxbury Teddy TG

  53. carloswlassiter says: Jan 17, 2016 1:03 PM

    I’m expecting Manning to look like crap in this game – he’s old, it’s cold, he’s never been able to win in this kind of weather in the playoffs.

  54. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:08 PM

    luckyforus says:
    Jan 17, 2016 11:57 AM
    The hate spewed on this site is ridiculous
    ===============

    Agreed, but this is what the internet has created….A bunch of couch jockeys that, for fear of getting their teeth knocked out, would never have the nerve to say some of this stuff to someone’s face.

    I’m all for joking around with people, but there will always be ones that go too far…

  55. warpigz says: Jan 17, 2016 1:11 PM

    stipez says:
    Jan 17, 2016 9:52 AM
    When my Pats were 1-15 I was jealous of other teams but I never lost my mind and called for asterisks and gov’t intervention, I just called them bleepin bleep-holes. Who cares if they used stickum, fumbled forward, stole signals, quick snapped, fake spiked or deflated balls, it’s called Gamesmanship and everyone does it at all levels forever throughout time. You get caught, you stop doin it. People need a grip.
    ____________________

    Whatever makes you feel better Mr *

  56. dexx57 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:22 PM

    DRAMA QUEEN and ridiculous how he is called tough , he misses more games than any other qb, tom brady, matt ryan, cam newton, Eli Mannning never miss a game and peyton manning didnt miss a game from 1998-2010, they are tough

  57. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 1:32 PM

    @dexx57. Easy for them guys to never get hurt. They very seldom get hit. They always have best offensive lines. Ben for years has been most sacked QB in history due to bad offensive lines and extending plays. Please don’t ever put manning, Brady etc in the toughness category. Ben is tough and everyone who knows anything knows this!

  58. dexx57 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:33 PM

    And is why fatso Ben the only nfl player the media is on a first name basis with? it’s always “Ben , Ben, ben” Even Tom Brady is always called Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning

  59. dexx57 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:35 PM

    Thevworst thing about this game will be Nantz and simms fawning over every thing fatso Ben does, just like last week.

  60. dexx57 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:39 PM

    Since winning, Brady h as only missed games in 2008 and , again, Peyton didnt miss a start from 1998-2010, largely before the rules were changed to protect qbs. They are both extremely tough, and your homerism and bias doesn’t change that.

  61. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 1:40 PM

    You may not like Ben. but with 2 super bowls and 3 appearances he gets respect. Actually most call him big Ben instead of Ben. His last name is long and it’s a lot to say every time. Which is why they say just Ben or big Ben. Why? Do you believe he gets treated special? I actually think for what he has accomplished he gets no respect!

  62. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 17, 2016 1:44 PM

    After big Ben wins this game I can’t wait to hear all the crying afterwards. This is gonna be great! Remember I said this. Remember this name. Sammie Coates. You heard it here first!

  63. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 17, 2016 2:07 PM

    Ben may be be tough, but failing to get rid of the ball and taking big hits which limit you later is just stupid. He still hasn’t learned to cut his losses and live to play another play. That’s on him and Mr Toughguy Tomlin. The elite QB’s (Brady, Manning, etc.) figured this out long ago.

  64. cincy85 says: Jan 17, 2016 2:11 PM

    The only thing he should need to be healthy for is some deep couch sitting, however the NFL decided to screw the bengals and give Pittsburg another week. Rigged

  65. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 2:22 PM

    Ben the cry baby???? and drama queen????…..show me another QB who gets his nose broke and never missed a snap and still went on to win the game…….yea u can’t…haters gonna hate and BTW anyone of u losers would kill to have Tom, Ben, or Manning on YOUR loser team:)

  66. mrmcdougle says: Jan 17, 2016 3:10 PM

    it’s all bs says:
    Jan 17, 2016 2:22 PM
    Ben the cry baby???? and drama queen????…..show me another QB who gets his nose broke and never missed a snap and still went on to win the game…….yea u can’t…haters gonna hate and BTW anyone of u losers would kill to have Tom, Ben, or Manning on YOUR loser team:)
    ———-

    Not only that, he played through “broken toes” in the playoffs before.

    He’s not even the toughest active player in the AFC, if you want to compare him to Rivers.
    s

  67. natijim235 says: Jan 17, 2016 5:20 PM

    DRAMA QUEEN – he’s fine

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