Ben Roethlisberger Practices in Full; Should be Ready to Start Sunday vs SD

Things look just peachy when it comes to their star QB, Ben Roethlisberger, starting Sunday’s home game vs the reeling San Diego Chargers.

Roethlisberger, who went down with what some felt could have been a year ending injury November 12th vs the Chiefs, went through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since he left that Monday night game.

It was that night after a sack that it was stated the QB had shoulder and rib injuries. Some felt he would miss one game, but instead he missed three, and the team went 1-2 without him.

“I thought it was a positive day for Ben,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after practice. “He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. It was positive. … I saw him make the necessary throws.”

So unless he has a major setback, it looks like all systems go for a Steelers offense that scuffled its way to 23 points Sunday in an upset win over the Ravens.

It was that game that now 38-year-old QB Charlie Batch and the Steelers played their hearts out, winning on the final play when Shuan Suisham hit a 42-yard field goal at the buzzer.

With four games left, the Steelers are 7-5, and if they win three of the four, it’s a for sure they will get into the playoffs as a wild card.

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4 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger Practices in Full; Should be Ready to Start Sunday vs SD”

  1. Ben Dover says:

    Is anybody else worried that with one big hit, Ben’s sterum or clavicle may break off and puncture his manginia rendering him less whiney– or is it just me?

    • DrGeorge says:

      Absolutely, BD. Anyone with a brain would have that concern. The early reports were that the rib end in question is immediately over the aorta. No doubt there will be special protection over Ben’s mid-chest area to diffuse the force of any impact frontally, but the injury occurred when he went down on his shoulder with a tackler on top of him; in that position, the dynamic loading is lateral to the sternum (compressing the rib cage from the side) for which there is no effective preventative padding. Surely, the entire Steelers medical staff and Ben’s personal physician have taken all of that into consideration in allowing him to play. Ben trusts their judgment, and I suppose we must as well.

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