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Report: Ben Roethlisberger to be Steelers backup QB vs. the Browns

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly going to activate Ben Roethlisberger vs. the Cleveland Browns Sunday, but it won't be as the starting QB.

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An ESPN.com report is stating the Pittsburgh Steelers plan on activating Ben Roethlisberger Sunday at Heinz Field when they host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North showdown, but it won't be as the starting quarterback. According to ESPN's Britt McHenry, the Steelers plan on placing Mike Vick inactive Sunday, and going with Landry Jones as the starter, with Roethlisberger as the primary backup.

If this report is true, it certainly raises some interesting questions for the Steelers. The most obvious question being if Roethlisberger is healthy enough to go into the game as a back up quarterback, why wouldn't he start the football game? If Landry Jones is simply struggling and not hurt, will the team bring No. 7 off the bench and insert him into the game? What does this say about Mike Vick when a hobbled Roethlisberger is activated over you, a healthy quarterback?

All these questions will likely be answered throughout the afternoon Sunday, but the hope is Roethlisberger doesn't have to see the field against the Browns. Rather, Jones could simply go out and get the job done, allowing Roethlisberger to work off some rust in the pre-game warm up and use the bye week to prepare himself to get back on the saddle against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.

The Steelers will release their inactive list 1.5 hours before kickoff, and BTSC will be the first to get you the information you need heading into this Week 10 matchup.