Ben Roethlisberger Still Unlikely To Be Ready To Play Against Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw on Monday and that the door was still open for him to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

While that sounds like a very optimistic outlook, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported via Twitter on Tuesday after Tomlin talked to the media that a source close to Roethlisberger told him that he would be “shocked” if the injured quarterback played Sunday.

Tomlin made it very clear during his Tuesday talk with the media that he did not observe Roethlisberger throw on Monday and that the quarterback won\’t be allowed to play unless he shows them that he is capable of doing so.

Tomlin also made it very clear on Tuesday that right now the team is preparing for Charlie Batch to make his second consecutive start this weekend with the newly signed Brian Hoyer remaining an emergency guy only.

This really sounds about right, and at this point, I would also be shocked if Roethlisberger wound up playing against the Ravens. Another week of rest should be perfect and I fully expect that he will be back the following week for the home game against the San Diego Chargers.

Roethlisberger suffered a right SC sprain and a dislocated rib via a sack early in the second half of the Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury to the rib was thought to be the more serious of the two injuries and the quarterback has already ditched his arm sling.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Maybe Batch’s poor play was the result of him not being use to the speed of the game because he hadn’t gotten any snaps before last week. Leftwich said he didn’t get any snaps since training camp ended. Imagine how many Batch got. I’m hoping another week of practice will allow him to play much better against the Raven. I don’t expect him to complete deep passes, but if he can complete a high percentage of the intermediate passes, that would help the offense tremendously.

  • Buccos9

    Read Peter King’s assessment of the Steelers backup QBs on the last page of his Monday Morning QB column, or Mark Kaboly’s discussion of Batch’s performance in his column in the Tribune. I have no hope that we will against the Ravens if Batch starts. We made it into overtime against the Ravens with the inexperienced Dennis Dixon in 2009. I don’t understand why they won’t give Hoyer a shot as the starter. I wouldn’t don’t expect miracles from Hoyer, but it would give me at least a little confidence if I knew our starting QB did not have an arm like a wet noodle.

  • steeltown

    Ben should NOT start if Beachum is starting at RT

  • steeltown

    I agree, another week will help. I also feel the players and coaches are pretty mad at themselves for their performance against the Browns. I think they come out with intensity and a sense of urgency this week. They can beat anyone if they dont turn the ball over

  • alex

    everybody say DUH part II ! rush him back and he gets crushed like he did last year in SF…

    but now u gotta deal with father time or the child Hoyer…and now we dont have any healthy WR to put at RT…