Will quarterback Ben Roethlisberger really be the backup to Landry Jones Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field? According to Britt McHenry of ESPN, that’s what is scheduled to happen.
Roethlisberger ended the week as questionable with his left foot sprain and was able to practice twice this week on a limited basis. On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said he would leave the door “slightly ajar” for Roethlisberger to play against the Browns, but also said he was preparing Jones to make his second career start.
One would think that if Roethlisberger is healthy enough to dress then he will be healthy enough to start. The last time Roethlisberger dressed and didn’t play was in a 2009 game against the Baltimore Ravens as he was the emergency No. 3 inactive quarterback for the game behind Dennis Dixon and Tyler Palko.
On Friday, Mike Vick told pennlive.com that he would be Jones’s backup on Sunday against the Browns, so there’s that as well.
The inactives will be out in three and half hours, so we’ll get more confirmation by then as to which quarterbacks are dressing. The one constant right now seems to be that Jones will start against the Browns.