Ben Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday remains a mystery

AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice this week, participating on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday, less than four weeks after suffering a sprained MCL and a bone bruise in his knee.

And now the question becomes whether Ben actually could play on Sunday against the Cardinals.

He surely wants to play, for a couple of reasons. First, his backup engineered a last-minute game-winning drive on Monday night, which naturally will make Roethlisberger inclined to send his backup back to the bench. Second, Roethlisberger’s former offensive coordinator and good friend, Bruce Arians, is coming back to town for the first time since the Steelers fired him without calling it a firing.

The Steelers and Roethlisberger are keeping his intentions close to the vest, which has a real strategic benefit by keeping the Cardinals in the dark. Soon, the Steelers will apply a label to Roethlisberger’s availability for Sunday (“questionable” is the guess here), and then the question becomes whether that label translates to Ben playing on Sunday when the Cardinals come to town.

32 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday remains a mystery

  1. “He surely wants to play, for a couple of reasons. First, his backup engineered a last-minute game-winning drive on Monday night, which naturally will make Roethlisberger inclined to send his backup back to the bench.”
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    Uh, if you’re implying that he’s at all threatened by Vick’s last-minute success, I think you’re a bit off-target. Especially since it’s been acknowledged, even celebrated, that it was Ben who drew up the big pass play for the TD. I’m sure he wants to play, but rushing him back is a risk not worth it. I’m sure also Arizona is preparing for Vick, because if by some chance Ben plays who would know his game better than Arians?

  2. It’s in the Steelers best interest to make the Cardinals have to consider both quarterbacks in defensive preparations. Vick and Roethlisberger are very different kinds of quarterbacks and require very different kinds of preparation. I don’t see any reason to say anything until the pregame inactive list at least, or game time at best. Ideally Ben plays, but only if he’s truly healthy enough.

    Go Steelers!

  3. ok who wrote this article? 1st..Ben is in NO way threatened by Vick and his game winning drive LOL , this is Ben’s team and Vick knows that. 2nd. I highly doubt he plays sunday, Tomlin will give him another week off to make sure he’s healthy and ready to come back next week.

  4. Ben isn’t threatened by Vick! I can’t believe someone would even believe he is. Also he should not play this week. Let him heal first it’s better in the long run!

  5. Big Ben take your time, this is your team at most Vick is going to find another team to start for… R.E.L.A.X. Big Ben… Continue to mentor Vick though… Don’t Sabotage him either… Indeed…

  6. so clever, Tomlin plays Mystery Date board game when everybody else plays checkers.

    uh – he’s not playing. geesh.

  7. Threatened by Vicks late game comeback? Are you kidding me? If anything that gives Ben an extra week of rest and doesn’t put near as much pressure on this game. Steelers will be 3-3 maybe 4-2 if Vick pulls another rabbit out of the hat and will be in the driver seat to win at least a wildcard spot.

  8. A team like the steelers aren’t beating a team like the cardinals with our without ben, its not happening.

    The steelers are a good but not great team whether ben is playing for them or not. Unless the bengals are for real (and I don’t think they are) its going to be a broncos/pats AFC title game, its as simple as that.

  9. Seriously Ben has reached the level where he is not getting replaced unless his backup puts up Kapernick 2012 Divisional numbers for 4-5 games.

    Vick is infinity closer to getting replaced as the #2 QB then he is to replacing a healthy Roethlisberger.

    The fact is Roethlisberger is a gamer and he wants to play every game.

  10. If he has enough lateral movement and can avoid a pass rush, why wouldn’t he play? There are only 16 games and you can’t just give them away because of injury risk. If he is throwing well and can avoid the rush, then it’s a mistake not to play him.

  11. No way he’ll play and Arians knows it too. Just gamesmanship going on here. Meanwhile, Le’Veon will be involved in 90% of the plays while Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will have to wait at least another week before they’re thrown to.

  12. Yeah, Ben is rushing back because he’s scared of losing his starting slot to a guy that doesn’t even understand a quarter of the offense, has two fewer rings, and is two years older.

    If Ben does play it is because he ALWAYS rushes back from injury, not because anyone is thinking Vick might take over.

  13. “A team like the steelers aren’t beating a team like the cardinals with our without ben, its not happening.”

    I agree, The Steelers would have to be able to beat a team like St. Louis to reach the AZ skill level. Oh wait…..they did that already. Remind me who was the team that AZ lost to again?

  14. I wouldn’t recommend coming back early against the Cardinals D. He will be pressured. Coming from a Cardinal’s fan that lost their starting QB last year, don’t risk it.

  15. Don’t play any QB that is not 100% in your lineup. The Steelers already got a gift fron San Diego because they should have lost. Use that game to buy time to get Big Ben 100%. Somebody rolls up on him this weekend and he’s out for the year, you can kiss your season goodby Steelers fan because Vick isn’t taking you to the promised land when we know it’s Super Bowl victory or bust that determines the success of your season.
    Their are reasons that franchise QB’s make the HUGE $.
    The fate of the team often depends on them.

  16. troy43mvp says:
    Oct 16, 2015 12:37 PM
    “A team like the steelers aren’t beating a team like the cardinals with our without ben, its not happening.”

    I agree, The Steelers would have to be able to beat a team like St. Louis to reach the AZ skill level. Oh wait…..they did that already. Remind me who was the team that AZ lost to again?

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    Those divisional games can be tricky. Please, remind me how the Steelers did against the Ravens.

    “Scobee should have done his job”
    We felt the same about the dropped touchdown passes in our team’s game.

    We’re in the same boat. The Rams and Ravens’ wins are only from division opponents.

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