Roethlisberger out again


Despite some hints that perhaps the Steelers would bring quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back on Sunday after missing a game with a shoulder/rib injury, Roethlisberger once again has been scratched.

The official injury report lists the team’s veteran signal-caller as out for Sunday’s game at Cleveland.

Joining Roethlisberger are quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs), receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).

It means that Charlie Batch definitely will get the start, with Brian Hoyer/Brian Hoying/Bobby Hoyer/Bobby Hoying serving as the backup.

Somewhat surprisingly, safety Troy Polamalu is only doubtful with a calf injury.  It’s the first time he has been anything other than out since aggravating the injury in Week Five.

The best news is that receiver Antonio Brown, the team’s MVP in 2011, has been upgraded this week to questionable, after missing two games with a sprained ankle.  He was a limited participant in practice all week.

21 responses to “Roethlisberger out again

  1. I thought for sure he was out for the year the way he was holding his arm after he hit the ground, as if he fractured his collar bone. Given what I read about the injury I still think he’ll probably miss 3 more games. Of course I only play a doctor in short films

  2. Wow, another classic example of an unobjective, lazy reporter inventing a story. “Despite some hints that perhaps the Steelers would bring quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back on Sunday after missing a game with a shoulder/rib injury, Roethlisberger once again has been scratched.”

    There were no “hints” at all. Nada. Zip. Sorry, just because Ben showed up at practice not wearing an arm sling and not wincing in pain, that never meant anything towards coming back on Sunday.

    And Polamalu practiced with the team on Friday. That is why he was upgraded from “out” to “doubtful”.

  3. Tough season. I’d be drafting a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round next year if I were Tomlin; Big Ben isn’t going to be there forever and it’s possible both Batch and Leftwich will be retired next year as well.

  4. Roethlisberger is injury prone, evident by his never having played an entire 16-game regular season, and he isn’t getting any younger. Time for him and the Rooneys to part company. Trade him while there’s still some interest.

  5. Don’t you worry he’ll be back next week
    he’s not missing that one,sling or no sling
    but they’ll wait till probably Thursday to announce it

  6. There’s no way you risk playing Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland. The Steelers will just have to pick up their game in other areas. If the special teams don’t goof up, they beat the Ravens with Leftwich.

    Cleveland does have a shot to win w/ Batch in there. Especially if they get kick return TDs. I for one am fascinated to see what Burress has left in the tank.

  7. If Roethlisberger comes back for the Raven game the rib will be driven THROUGH the aorta…Bank on it.

    Ben’s too smart to come back for a Raven game at M & T Bank….the golf cart would be waiting with the Grim Reeper.

  8. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 23, 2012 6:37 PM

    There’s no way you risk playing Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland.

    Tomlin did this very thing last year because they got swept by the Ravens and were trying to make up ground. I think the final was 16-10 or something like that.Roethlisberger was clearly injured but they put him out there anyway.

  9. Interesting how the Rat’s fans are obsessed with Ben coming back and playing in their smoke filled playground. Whoops, maybe not, the dancing fairy is sidelined.

  10. raqaiw:
    The Steelers beat the Browns on Jan 1, 2012. in Cleveland last season, 13-9. Roethlisberger played but was ineffective.
    He completed 23 of 40 passes for 221 yards and zero TD passes. In Roethlisberger’s two outings against the Browns last season, the Steelers’ 22nd-ranked scoring offense scored a combined 27 points. The Browns, meanwhile, scored 12 total points in two games.
    Defense, defense, defense.
    That’s pretty much how it’s been the past nine seasons in Pittsburgh.

  11. Hey Bobzilla, did you see that one stat that showed the Steelers’ games with and without BR? It turns out that they average only 1.6 more ppg when he plays than when he doesn’t.

  12. Ravens will be one and done. They seem to
    have regressed a little, but to their credit
    they can run up the score against hapless opponents, none of which they will see in the playoffs.

  13. The ground and pound will do in the Ravens in Baltimore. Ray Rice will enjoy another dismal afternoon but will fumble at least once.
    There is no vertical passing against the Steelers pass defense. Double team Boldin this time and they have no offense whatsoever.

  14. For all you people screaming to the masses that Roethlisberger should be in jail and you wish he never comes back , you show your ignorance every time you open your mouth . First off , Ben made mistakes in his life like WE ALL HAVE . However , he deserves the chance to learn from them and move on with his life . So far , hes done that . He went back to college finished his degree , got married and now has his first child . Hes on the right path . Finally , for all you people screaming you hope he never comes back , I hate to break it to you , but hes the best player on your football team . Bottom line , youre an 8 an 8 football team without him .

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