Mike Tomlin gave his usual list of injured players today when he spoke to the media, telling everyone exactly what they wanted to know about the chances of QB Ben Roethlisberger playing Sunday.
Tomlin said that Roethlisberger “will take steps towards playing this week. We’ll leave the door open for him. He’s got a chance.”
For now, Charlie Batch, who threw three picks in the 20-14 loss to the Browns, will remain the starter at QB. Byron Leftwich threw some Monday, but it doesn’t sound like he will be able to go.
“Right now Charlie Batch is our quarterback,” said Tomlin. “We are working offensively to put together a plan to complement his strengths. That is our plan until otherwise. These guys will be participating in some form or fashion.
“We’ll let that participation or the result of the participation guide us in terms of their availability as we push to the later part of the week and see where those guys are a little later in the week. As we sit here today and we are preparing and putting together a plan we are doing so with Charlie Batch being our quarterback.”
As far as leading wide out Antonio Brown goes, the receiver will practice starting tomorrow, and he is set to play Sunday if he doesn’t have any major setbacks.
The team may also get back receiver Jerricho Cotchery, as he ran Monday and is expected to be practice on a limited basis on Wednesday with as Tomlin said, “An eye toward playing.”
Safety Troy Polamalu is also supposed to practice this week and could play on Sunday. As far as tackle Willie Colon goes, Tomlin said he’s improving and may rest a little early in the week, but has a “strong chance” of playing.
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley will start the week as doubtful due to his ankle injury. If he can’t play, Jason Worilds will get the start. Rookie tackle Mike Adams is out for Sunday and fellow rookie Kelvin Beachum will be his replacement.
Tomlin also stated that as far as the running backs go, Jonathan Dwyer will get the start vs the Ravens Sunday. All the backs had to sit at some point Sunday in Cleveland after each one of them fumbled.
“Jonathan Dwyer is going to start for us,” said Tomlin. “He has been consistently the most productive guy. I think we’ve got a large enough body of work to identify that at this point. We’ve been working at less than ideal circumstances with the rotation and shuffling those guys due to health and lack of production. But over the course of the last several weeks it is obvious he is healthy and he is the most productive of the group.
“He will start for us and get the bulk of the carries. The other guys will supplement him in some form or fashion based on situation and how we formulate a game plan.”