Ben Roethlisberger Expected To Start In Week 17

Ben Roethlisberger missed the Steelers Week 16 game but he's expected to be available in Week 17.

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Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Steelers QB Expected To Sit In Week 16

No official decision has been made on the status of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the team's Week 16 game against the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that no decision on his quarterback's availability would be made until later in the week. However, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported on Wednesday that team officials expect Roethlisberger to sit out against the Rams. 

Roethlisberger is dealing with a high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. He played through the injury in Week 16 Monday Night Football game against the 49ers, but it was clear that the injury was causing significant problems. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in that game, a 20-3 loss. 

Pittsburgh and Baltimore are battling it out for the AFC North title. Both teams own a 10-4 record, but the Ravens have an advantage after beating Pittsburgh twice this season. A Steelers loss and a Baltimore win this would week would lock up the division for the Ravens. 

Resting Big Ben might be a smarter move for the Steelers, keeping their quarterback fresh for the playoffs rather than put him at further risk against the Rams and the Browns. 

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Ben Roethlisberger On Injury: 'I'm Going To Do Everything I Can To Be Out There'

Ben Roethlisberger had his ankle in a cast on Thursday, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn't see that as a detriment to his ability to play in this week's Monday Night Football game. The injury might set him back a bit, but the veteran quarterback expects to start against the San Francisco 49ers.

Roethlisberger originally hurt his ankle in the first half of the Steelers game last week on Thursday Night Football. The quarterback played in the second half, albeit a bit limited, and expects to try it out after having a longer week than usual to recover according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't know if it's my decision. I'm going to do everything I can to be out there. It's probably more on them. So, if I'm not out there, it's probably because they didn't feel comfortable with me being out there, protecting myself or whatever it is," Roethlisberger said. "They know better than I do. I can just tell them whether I think I can go or not, and I think I can go all the time. I'm going to do everything I can to be out there for this team."

The Steelers are planning on starting Charlie Batch if Roethlisberger is unable to play, but it sounds as though the regular starter expects to be ready.

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