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Report: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger expected to start vs. Broncos

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Ben Roethlisberger is nursing an injured shoulder, but per ESPN, is set to start for the Steelers against the Broncos Sunday evening in the AFC Divisional playoffs.

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As many Pittsburgh Steelers fans were wondering if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would start for the Steelers against the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs against the Denver Broncos, ESPN is reporting he is set to do just that when the two teams kickoff at 4:40 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

Although the national media is calling this "news", those who follow the team know Roethlisberger not throwing all week was all part of the team's plan in his rehabilitation and that the quarterback would be starting as long as he didn't suffer a setback throughout the week.

Per the report, Roethlisberger clearly didn't suffer any setback after throwing for the first time Friday, and will likely be under center Sunday. With Antonio Brown out of the lineup, the team could not afford to also miss Roethlisberger at quarterback.

This news is far from shocking, but great news for the Steelers chances of upsetting the No. 1 seeded Broncos in Denver Sunday.