As I write this, there’s still been no word as to whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. While we should get more clarity in the next few hours, below is recap of what we do know about Roethlisberger early Sunday morning.
- Roethlisberger had his left knee meniscus procedure performed nearly three full weeks ago on Oct.17. It was an outpatient procedure.
- Head coach Mike Tomlin said this past Tuesday that “all cards were on the table” when it comes to Roethlisberger and that how he looked in practice this week would ultimately be the determining factor as it relates to his Sunday status. He did not rule out Roethlisberger potentially dressing Sunday and serving as a backup.
- Roethlisberger practiced in a limited capacity all three days this past week and ended the week listed as questionable. Several players, as expected, indicated that he looked “good.”
- After Friday’s practice, Tomlin indicated that the team wasn’t ready to decide if Roethlisberger will play Sunday and that they will wait and see how his body responds to the work he received this past week.
- Ed Bouchette reported this week that Roethlisberger would indeed start Sunday barring a setback.
- Adam Schefter reported Saturday evening that Roethlisberger will be a true game-time decision.
- Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Steelers personnel think Roethlisberger will play. However, if he’s not healthy enough, they may have him be the backup. (Silly tweet IMHO)
- Steelers linebacker Vince Williams added to the confusion Sunday morning when he tweeted, “In Mettenberger we trust.”
- The Steelers 7 inactives for Sunday’s game against the Ravens will be released 90 minutes before kickoff.
- Vegas expects Roethlisberger to play and Steelers are now road favorites at most places.
In summation, outside of the Steelers coaching staff and probably a few players, nobody knows right now whether or not Roethlisberger will play Sunday against the Ravens.