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Ben Roethlisberger injury: Steelers QB plans to 'ease' back into work

The two-time Pro Bowler is coming back from shoulder and rib injuries.


The Pittsburgh Steelers will "ease" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back into practice Wednesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

La Canfora said in a tweet: "Many still expect he will play" Sunday against the rival Baltimore Ravens.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in his Tuesday press conference Charlie Batch is their starter, but left the door open for Roethlisberger to play if he's able to play.

In the meantime, the team will prepare as if Batch is starting when they begin practice in preparation for the divisional game in Week 13.

Roethlisberger has been out since Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs with a dislocated rib and a sprained throwing shoulder. Roethlisberger was 9-for-18 for 84 yards and a touchdown before he exited the game.

With Roethlisberger out, the team has relied on second- and third-string quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch. Leftwhich started Week 11 against the Ravens, but also suffered an injury. The team was forced to turn to Batch for Sunday's game against the Browns, which the Steelers lost, 20-14.

The Steelers are 0-2 without Roethlisberger, scoring just 23 offensive points since he went down in the third quarter of the Steelers' Week 10 win over Kansas City. The Steelers got 16 points under Leftwich, seven under Batch and a Lawrence Timmons interception return for a touchdown in their last 10 quarters of play.

The Steelers (6-5) travel to play the Ravens (9-2) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.