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Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 21, 2011 4:12 pm
 
By Will Brinson

Ben Roethlisberger looked like a statue (or, if you prefer, "the best 49er") during Pittsburgh's 20-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday night but is optimistic that he'll play on Saturday against St. Louis.

The Steelers quarterback said on Wednesday that he wasn't negatively affected by remaining in the game and throwing 45 times, and that his ankle is no worse because of it. Roethlisberger did not practice on Wednesday, however.

As Clark Judge pointed out Monday, it was a bad decision to leave Ben in against San Francisco. But it doesn't look like the same mistake will be made against St. Louis this week, as the Steelers would reportedly be "shocked" if Roethlisberger played against the Rams.

"Steelers officials would be shocked if Ben plays this week," Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network tweeted Wednesday. "Fully expect him to rest at least one week. Mike Tomlin yet to reveal decision."

Tomlin's decision should be pretty obvious: sit Ben against the Rams.

The entire point of putting Roethlisberger on the field against the 49ers was to gamble on a shot for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. If Pittsburgh beat San Francisco, they would've jumped into the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, with a very good shot at homefield advantage and a bye in the first week of the playoffs.

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Instead, the Steelers now need to both win out and have the Ravens slip up against either Cleveland or Cincinnati. As we noted this morning, anything's possible with the Ravens on the road.

But the likely scenario for Tomlin's crew involves traveling for the first round of the playoffs (perhaps to Denver) and preparing for any other reality by playing Roethlisberger against the Rams just wouldn't be prudent, particularly given the way he looked on Monday night.

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Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Ben is tougher than Carl Weathers



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the gretest football franchise the world has ever known.



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

haters are going to   hate



Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:55 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

why not start Dennis Dixon? he has to be a better option than Charlie Batch!




Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:13 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Did y'all see that Rocky movie...the one where Apollo Creed did not want the "towel thrown in" vs the Russian?  Ben needs to sit for his TEAM'S SAKE.
His participation Monday night reeked of selfishness and arrogance.  You've got your street cred, Ben, relax.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:57 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

He should be in jail
Enough with the rape stuff. He's never been charged with a crime, let alone indicted and convicted! Ben was guilty of poor judgement and partying too much, thats certainly true, other allegations didn't hold water, therefore, no charges!
Andy Reid should be in jail for making an O-Line coach his D-Coordinator after getting some of the best defensive talent in the league.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:52 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Ben is a throwback to quarterbacks of the 70's that if you didn't want them to play you had to hide their helmet.  Back in an age when it was about the game and not signing bonuses and endorsements it was win or nothing.  Mike Tomlin will do what's best for the Steelers in January but it is good to see Ben showing the desire and being the leader many teams wish they had.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:51 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Ben admitted that he refused to come out of the game.  Who's he to refuse to come out?
True, he shouldn't have done that and I'd certainly agree he has more control than say, Mewelde Moore. But I think it's a lesson learned for Tomlin and next time, he'll pull him and there might even be a heated exchange but in the end I think they'll be on the same page.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:45 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

You're an Eagles fan talking about classless players on classless teams in a classless city?  I repeat, you're an Eagles fan!  The Eagles consist of nothing more than the classless on all levels!!


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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:53 am
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