Tomlin “comfortable” with Roethlisberger returning this week


Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t say it directly Tuesday, but all signs point to the Steelers using this week to prepare quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to play Sunday vs. the Bengals.

Roethlisberger has missed four games with a knee injury. He practiced on a limited basis last week and was listed as questionable last week before the Steelers made him a gameday inactive, and Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that he has “no reservations or limitations” about Roethlisberger’s return coming this week.

“We’re comfortable with where he is as far as his availability,” Tomlin said.

While making his weekly local radio appearance Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger said he’d “like to play” Sunday but said he understands that Tomlin ultimately will make the call. Last week, Roethlisberger said he was feeling better and “can deal with the pain.”

Tomlin said Michael Vick (hamstring) has a chance to be healthy enough to play this week. The new unofficial Steelers’ depth chart listed Landry Jones, who made his first career start last week with Vick out, as the No. 2 quarterback and Vick as the No. 3.

More importantly, the Steelers are preparing to have Roethlisberger back and will hope their banged-up offensive line can keep him upright.

33 responses to “Tomlin “comfortable” with Roethlisberger returning this week

  1. margoadams says:
    Oct 27, 2015 12:26 PM

    Tomlin might be the dumbest coach to have ever won a Super Bowl.

    i think john Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin would disagree, and somehow… coughlin has two

  2. Good week for Ben to come back, get his feet wet by shredding an overrated team that hasn’t beat anyone of merit yet.

  3. Putting a hobbled ben behind that o line thats missing two starters against geno and carlos is a mistake. #WHODEY

  4. Ben should absolutely play if he can handle the pain no matter who they are playing. Is anyone really scared of the Bengals D? Yes they have some good players but so does every team….well, except for maybe the Ravens.

  5. Tomlin was also “comfortable” with Ben playing on a bum ankle for the famous ‘Tebow’ game, and we all know how that turned out. When asked why he made that decision, Tomlin replied, “Ben wanted to play and I wanted to support him.” The man’s a simpleton.

  6. Congrats to the Bengals on winning the first half of the season, but the weather is about to get cold and the football games are about to get real. People say the Bengals can beat the Steelers, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  7. Ben, Vick, Jones – Whoever is in there Sunday is not going to have a very good day against that Bengals line. And if Ben isn’t 100% to move around, he WILL get hit multiple times.

  8. Big Ben owns the bungles. It will be great having Big Ben back in the starting lineup. The backup qbs weren’t getting it done for the steelers. Now just hoping the D plays better then it did last week.

  9. Who Dey?….perhaps the most illiterate phrase ever uttered by anyone in the history of sports. I’m assuming they’re trying to say “who are they?”, in a rhetorical question. Let’s use proper English and you’ll sound less like tools. The dumbing down of America continues.

    So who are they, I mean besides very lucky so far?…..

  10. kremis says:
    Oct 27, 2015 12:45 PM
    Have the Steelers won a playoff game since Tebow destroyed them years ago in the playoffs?>

    Has it gotten so bad in Baltimore that the Tebow troll had to change his handle?

  11. I am also comfortable seeing the Woman Beater, Big Ben, return to the game. Only when he plays does he get to feel the pain that he deserves after beating up women.

    Every time that jerk meets the turf is a good time.

  12. futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Oct 27, 2015 1:04 PM
    Good week for Ben to come back, get his feet wet by shredding an overrated team that hasn’t beat anyone of merit yet.

    The Ravens and the Chiefs are on that list if I remember Who have the Steelers beat again?!?

  13. Just who is this troll who always says tebow destroyed the steelers? So when tebow was winning all of those games, fans were saying, he’s got something special. It’s intangible, he just knows how to win. Then Denver beats pgh (in Denver) in the playoffs, in overtime on busted coverage, with Ben injured and 7 starters out for pgh, and yet tebow destroyed the steelers, uhhh sure that all makes sense. I guess.

  14. This will be the first game this year when the Steelers have Ben, LeVeon, Antonio, Martavis, Markus and Heath all playing at the same time. Pick your poison. Should be fun to see what they can do together finally.

    I am more concerned about the Steelers defense and the ability to hold the Bungals. Tuitt has to play since Cam Thomas is a waste of a uniform. And they have more issues in the secondary with Gay having a shoulder injury.

    Since nobody is giving the Steelers a chance in this game, it is the Bungals who have something to lose.

  15. The bungles are overrated. With a 6-o record it’ll be extra special when they crumble at the end of the season. If Big Ben and the steelers offense plays like they should they win this game comfortably.

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