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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: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:48 am
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

The Steelers will be the 5th playoff seed unless the Ravens self-destruct, so they might as well sit Ben.  After all, they can probably beat the Rams and Browns with Stevie Wonder at QB.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Ben should have never played against the 49ers!

In my own opinion I don't think Ben should of played in the 49ers game. He was hurt and couldn't be the QB that he is. Charlie Batch is a really good back-up heck if your not going to use your back-up's why have them and Charlie Batch could of won that game for us. No Charlie at 100% ain't as good as Ben at 100% But he is when Ben's at 50%. I blame Coach Tomlin for letting Ben play and could of taking him from us the rest of the year. When a player is hurt like Ben was he should of been on the sidelines. There's to much talent on that offense to let Ben play. I know who the coach of the Steelers is now after that 49ers game and his name is not Mike and thats a shame because he is a great coach and should of told Ben to sit. Just my opinion...



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

I like mike Tomlin but he needs to stay in control of his team and players   . . . .  . . . .. .   Ben Roethlisberger included.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Tomlin has control, I think he was trying to appease Ben and in the process made a mistake of leaving him in too long. He won't make the mistake again and if he doesn't start Ben and Ben gets peeved, it'll be fine. He'll get over it and they'll be fine.
Seriously, Ben is NOT a coach killing diva like that guy who used play for GB. Bert Farrve, the fourth best QB in GB history, behind, Rodgers, Bart Starr and The Magic Man, Don Majikowski.

I know what you're saying but superstars ALWAYS have more control then they should.  Ben admitted that he refused to come out of the game.  Who's he to refuse to come out?  When a coach speaks a player should shut the f*** up and listen.  And for 90 percent of players it works that way.... but not with guys like Ben.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

If they would have had Charlie Batch start it coundn't have been much worse than with an injuried Roethlisberger playing at 50%.
I don't understand the Steelers thinking.
They may have just pissed their Super Bowl chances away. 



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

He had no business playimg last Monday night.



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

With the remaining games (Rams, Browns), The Steelers should rest Ben. If they are going to make it to the Super Bowl, they need to show that they can win 2 games with their second sting QB and O-D lines!!. They are already in the playoffs!! Let them get healthier and give the other guys a chance to prove themselves. They may need them!!



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

As usual,another comment about a supposed crime,give it a rest already.. The guy was never charged/convicted with any crime...



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

All players want to play and will purposely try to minimize the extent of their injuries so they can play. Tomlin has control, I think he was trying to appease Ben and in the process made a mistake of leaving him in too long. He won't make the mistake again and if he doesn't start Ben and Ben gets peeved, it'll be fine. He'll get over it and they'll be fine.
Seriously, Ben is NOT a coach killing diva like that guy who used play for GB. Bert Farrve, the fourth best QB in GB history, behind, Rodgers, Bart Starr and The Magic Man, Don Majikowski.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Big Ben doesn't practice, optimistic on playing

Charlie don't surf !!

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Probably the BEST reply EVER on this site .... mad props for tying in a great movie reference.




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