Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to return to Steelers practices earlier today. He’ll rejoin his teammates on the field Tuesday for his first practice since early January, with a bye week before his first game.
The bye will certainly help the rest of the Steelers offense adjust to a quarterback they haven’t worked with in months, but Roethlisberger laments the empty Sunday:
Roethlisberger gained an extra week of practice when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell trimmed his suspension from six games to four. He’ll practice for three days starting Tuesday, followed by a full pregame work week.
Still, he wishes there was a game this weekend. He never got comfortable watching games at home — he’d stand one minute, sit down the next and pace for a few more.
“I have no fingernails left,” he said. “It was hard, it really was, to watch them at home. I was on the edge of my chair, trying to keep busy. It was tough, but it was fun watching them win.”
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