Report: Roethlisberger Expected To Play Against Chargers; Taylor Has Hairline Fracture

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting Tuesday on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return this week and start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after missing the last three games with an injured rib and shoulder. Roethlisberger, who was only able to accomplish some light throwing in practice last week, was still experiencing some soreness heading into last weekend, but several reports since suggest that he was feeling better at the beginning of this week.

Dulac also reports that the Steelers will be without cornerback Ike Taylor for at least two games and possibly longer after suffering a hairline fracture in his lower right leg on the third play of the game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Taylor or course will be replaced by Cortez Allen on Sunday with Curtis Brown entering the game when the defense uses their nickel package.

It was reported earlier on Tuesday that the Steelers were bringing in free agent cornerback Stanford Routte for a work out later in the day assuming he doesn\’t sign with the Houston Texans, who he also was scheduled to work out for on Tuesday.

  • steeltown

    I hope Ben gets a full week of practice in

  • Buccos9

    Stanford Routt is a CB that the Raiders chose not to keep and the Chiefs just cut. I don’t recall seeing him play, but if neither Oakland nor Kansas City think he can help them, I question what he brings to the table to help the Steelers.

  • Clint Martin

    what about van Dyke?

  • steeltown

    With Ike down, that leaves K.Lewis, C.Allen, Brown and Van Dyke.. they usually keep 5CB’s so they’ll bring in someone else, even if just on the practice squad, i wouldnt be surprised to see Victorian re-signed

  • JT

    Look at what Carell Lake turned Lewis into. He’d be a body at this point but could be turned around.

  • Chris S

    Routt has been a decent corner. Oakland being Oakland gave him a huge contract that he wasn’t worth…so they got out of it. KC is in shambles and also gave him more than he was worth. Both places are horrid and have horrid teams. I think Routt could be a decent pickup to be a 4th/5th CB at this point.

  • Intropy

    Routt has been a better-than-decent corner. He was excellent in Oakland and middling in Kansas City. You’re spot on that he was released from both because they just plain overpaid him. His salary was something like 11 million last year. That’s a lot to spend on any CB.

  • JT

    If I ever see McFadden in Black and Gold again it will be too soon.