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Will Roethlisberger and Pouncey Heal Fast Enough to Play Monday Night?

The Steelers need to keep winning if they are going to find a way to overcome the Ravens to take the AFC North. The best chance to do that is to get their quarterback and center back in the lineup for Monday’s game against the 49ers.

Now for the big question – can they?

Ben Roethlisberger had a walking boot and was walking with a a pronounced limp at Steelers headquarters Monday. Center Maurkice Pouncey sustained a high-ankle sprain last Thursday night in the Steelers win over the Browns.

Yet it appears that both as of today are going to take the field on the left coast Monday night in yet another must win for the black and gold.

Pouncey has already said he will play Monday night, and while nothing has been said by the team, it appears in the locker room as if they feel Roethlisberger will play as well.

“We’re both fine,” said Pouncey, in Tuesday’s ibune-Review. “We’ll be all right to go on Monday Night Football.”

It could be a smoke-screen for the Niners, who likely have a much better shot at winning if both Ben and Pouncey can’t go.

Charlie Batch looked rusty in his time in the game on Thursday, and Roethlisberger is having one of, if not his best season as the Steelers starting QB.

When asked if he expects to see Roethlisberger on the field Monday against the Niners, linebacker James Farrior said, “Yeah, if I had to guess. He’s a gritty competitor, and he wants to play and wants to win. He knows he gives this team the best chance to win.”

Said wide receiver Hines Ward, “Hopefully him coming back (against the Browns) doesn’t jeopardize him losing any more games from this point on. Me knowing Ben, he’ll be out there competing and fighting his tail off just to be out there.”

Pouncey missed Super Bowl XLV with a ankle sprain, but already says he is feeling better and that the ankle is healing faster than a year ago.

“It’s a lot better that I hurt it last year, so now it can heal a lot quicker,” said Pouncey, who didn’t practice yesterday. “It’s not as swelled up, and I can do a little bit of something on it. It just needs the right rest and right rehab. I feel good.”

Hopefully for both he and Roethlisberger, it’s good enough to take the field in San Fran to get a win.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Thomas Crowley

    December 13, 2011 at 2:29 am

    The new Fear Factor will have female contestants blindfolded in a bathroom & give them 5 minutes to get out before “Big Ben” arrives

    • The Tony

      December 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

      The new episode also features swimming lessons by Ed Reed

    • jay

      December 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      That’s pretty clever, Crowley, did you think of that all by yourself or did you immerse yourself in the highly educational and not to mention intellectual pop culture TV to come up with that? I’m sure BB would give you an extra minute to get out of the lady’s room (6 minutes for how many super bowl we have). Sorry, just have no sympathy for any girl who walks down a long dark hallway with a 6’5″ 260 lb superstar pro athlete. I guess she thought they were gonna burn the midnight oil talking about William Butler Yeats or wax the political state of affairs! Nah, she wanted a big dick…Crowley can probably tell you more about that!

      • Thomas Crowley

        December 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        What if ben was walking down the hallway with your wife?

        • jay

          December 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

          I would definitely ask her to get his autograph and some free tickets—I’m sure she would take one for the team under those circumstances. Anything else, Crowley you crow loving geeky bag of feathery filth!?

          • Thomas Crowley

            December 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

            What if she wanted his big dick? Wouldn’t that suck for you?

        • George H

          December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

          Crawley let’s try to keep this blog clean. Keep in mind people of all ages are able to view this blog. Keep it civil people

  2. Thomas Crowley

    December 13, 2011 at 2:30 am

    The Steelers need to keep winning if they are going to find a way to overcome the Ravens to take the AFC North.

    Thats my favorite part of this post.

  3. CJ

    December 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Why are the Steelers fans so worried about visiting the ravens?
    It won’t get any better than this: 5th seed, defeat the broncos or raiders, the ravens, and the pats all of them at their own homes!!! Later, take care of the packers in Payton Manning’s house…

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