Steelers unsure whether Ben Roethlisberger, T.J. Watt will play Sunday vs. Chargers

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The Steelers are heading into this week not knowing whether their most important players on both sides of the ball will be in uniform when they face the Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today that it’s too soon to say whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker T.J. Watt can play Sunday.

Roethlisberger is on the COVID-19 reserve list. He will need to test negative for two straight days before he can be activated to play on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Watt suffered knee and hip injuries in Sunday’s tie against the Lions. Tomlin indicated that Watt is a uniquely tough player who may be able to play through injuries that would sideline other players.

Tomlin also said that safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is unlikely to be cleared to return from the COVID-19 reserve list in time to play on Sunday.

14 responses to “Steelers unsure whether Ben Roethlisberger, T.J. Watt will play Sunday vs. Chargers

  1. Even if Ben did play he stinks against West Coast teams. Hate to say it but realistically speaking this looks like a loss.

  2. Hopefully Ben plays. Minkah may need more time. I’d rest Watt if he is not close to being very productive, lot of the season left.

  3. I wonder if the NFL allows Offensive Coordinators to be signed off the practice squad?? Canada needs to be benched.

  4. cardsgreat says:
    November 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm
    That’s their three best players, bettors.
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    Cam Heyward is better than Ben, Minkah and any D-lineman in the NFL not named Aaron Donald.

  5. It’s November. It’s the Steelers. Tomlin’s still the coach. Bet on whoever they play. After all, they couldn’t even beat the lowly Lions. Their late-season swoon has started early.

  6. cardsgreat says:
    November 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm
    That’s their three best players, bettors.
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    Their best player on offense is Najee Harris.

  7. This is not good news for Coach ‘T’. He may have to bring up guys from the practice squad to fill in on STs.

    After last week’s kick coverage problems, expect the Chargers’ returners to have a field day.

  8. I see more Tomlin hate. He’s 5-3-1. He has a better record than Andy Reid and the league’s best player. He has a better record than Belichick. Harbaugh got slaughter by the Dolphins. Vrabel lost to the Jets. Did you see the Packers try to win with their backup QB? McVeigh and his all world team just got slaughtered by the 49ers. Pete Carroll was shut out with Russell Wilson. Stefanski lost by 38 this weekend. Ariana got smacked by The Football Team. You have to judge coach’s on the big picture. Tomlin wins more than everyone but Belichick over the long haul. You can hate him all you want. It will still be true.

  9. Winning in the regular season is nice, but Tomlin’s hasn’t done much in the playoffs in a decade and his only Super Bowl win came when Tom Brady was out for the year. Just not a big game coach.

    Also Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, and Cam Heyward are all better than Ben (in his current form) and Minkah.

  10. “jed699 says:
    November 16, 2021 at 5:27 pm
    Winning in the regular season is nice, but Tomlin’s hasn’t done much in the playoffs in a decade and his only Super Bowl win came when Tom Brady was out for the year. Just not a big game coach.”

    Wow, you really know very little about the Steelers. All you have is hate so that is what you spew re: Tomlin. Clue for you: He was coach all through the playoffs and won the SB that year. Those were all big games. The time he lost the SB? All because the Steeler center blew his block, disrupting the timing on a pass to a streaking Mike Wallace past the GB corner for a sure TD. That had nothing to do with Tomlin. No coach comes close to his record over his tenure. He is a lock for the HOF, first chance. Any football fan would know that. So there is a decent chance your hate really has nothing to do with coaching at all. Yeah, thought so. Busted!

  11. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    November 16, 2021 at 6:35 pm
    “jed699 says:
    November 16, 2021 at 5:27 pm
    Winning in the regular season is nice, but Tomlin’s hasn’t done much in the playoffs in a decade and his only Super Bowl win came when Tom Brady was out for the year. Just not a big game coach.”

    Wow, you really know very little about the Steelers. All you have is hate so that is what you spew re: Tomlin. Clue for you: He was coach all through the playoffs and won the SB that year. Those were all big games. The time he lost the SB? All because the Steeler center blew his block, disrupting the timing on a pass to a streaking Mike Wallace past the GB corner for a sure TD. That had nothing to do with Tomlin. No coach comes close to his record over his tenure. He is a lock for the HOF, first chance. Any football fan would know that. So there is a decent chance your hate really has nothing to do with coaching at all. Yeah, thought so. Busted!

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    Tomlin has an excellent regular season record. But take a look at what his teams have done in the postseason since 2008. Nothing. You give BB his rosters in many of those yeasts and the Steelers have another SB. Mike never seems to have his teams prepared when it counts….and he makes zero adjustments when his plan doesn’t work

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