Roethlisberger works on Wednesday

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After three straight Wednesdays off in advance of Sunday games, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back to working on the first practice day of the week.

His name doesn’t appear on the Wednesday injury report, which means he fully participated in practice. In Week Three, Week Four, and Week Five, Roethlisberger appeared on the Wednesday report as not practicing, for reasons unrelated to injury.

Roethlisberger wouldn’t say whether he’d be practicing on Wednesday when he met with reporters in the morning, and camera operators were told not to film him during the portion of practice open to reporters.

He was short at times with the media on Wednesday, apparently irritated by the scrutiny he has received after throwing five interceptions on Sunday in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars and then saying after the game, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.”

He has since regained his confidence, in part by recalling his accomplishments.

“Two Super Bowls, 100 some wins, 300-some, I don’t even know my own stats,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve been playing this game longer than you’ve probably been covering it.”

He definitely has a Hall of Fame track record, and if he retired today he’d still deserve a bronze bust in Canton. But that doesn’t insulate him from criticism for subpar performance, especially if he’s going to publicly criticize himself.

15 responses to “Roethlisberger works on Wednesday

  1. 38-9 Pittsburgh over kc.

    Last week was the smack in the mouth they needed to get their act back together.

    The first of 11 straight wins on the way to the 1 seed and ring 7.

    You heard it here first

  2. Let me get this straight: Ben takes every Wednesday off before a Sunday game and no one considers it unusual? But Brady misses one Tuesday practice and it is makes the national news?

    Gee, I think I’ve figured out why Pittsburgh can’t beat these guys.

  3. Very good QB for many years? But not a HOFer – certainly not the shoo-in that this article indicates anyway.

    Tremendous natural talent – so much so that he thought he didn’t actually have to work at the game – awful history in recent seasons away from home (where a team needs their QB to really stand up).

    Now that his physical attribues have faded with age we see a QB that is a shadow of himself – content to call out a different teammate each week as a way to avoid any responsibility (couldn’t avoid the scrutiny after a 5 INT poop-fest).

  4. He was obviously upset after his poor performance against the Jags, and it came through minutes later in his locker room interview. And he does not seek out reporters to answer questions, they flood his locker and ask away. And he doesn’t run away and not answer questions after a tough loss like some players in the league do. Like none of the haters ever got down on yourself after not performing up to your own standards. Ben may be on the downside of a brilliant HOF career, but I do not at all believe that he is done. I hope Ben comes out on Sunday and does what he is fully capable of doing with the weapons they have on offense, and he torches KC leading the Steelers to a big win. They will also need to have better balance in play calling with running the ball, and hopefully having Gilbert back will help that. Last week’s miserable loss was only one game, and there is no other consistently solid team right now in the AFC except KC, who is also loaded with talent, they are the cream of the crop right now in the AFC. In order to beat KC, the Steelers players AND their coaches will need to have an overall great game. So this weekend’s game will tell the tale of what the Steelers are all about. Good luck Ben and the Steelers.

  5. Ben’s done. doen’t believe himself that he has it any more and doesn’t even lok like he wants to play. KC gonna stomp em!

  6. Better to have Boswell practicing since the Pittsburgh Field Goals will be doing all their scoring with their feet. Hahaha.

  7. There is probably no real way to do this but I would like to see this breakdown of Big Ben’s wins. Out of X number of wins how many when the defense gave up 20 points and there was no Steeler defensive or special teams touchdowns. That would eliminate both of his Super Bowl “wins” for sure.

  8. Last week aside,Ben has played just fine, dropped passes, poor line play, and awful coaching has been the problem, not ben

  9. I find it odd that Ben uttered this statement:
    “I’ve been playing this game longer than you’ve probably been covering it.”
    Is this another subtle hint at retirement?

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