Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Roethlisberger listed as questionable for Sunday

The Steelers have listed QB Ben Roethlisberger as "questionable" (i.e., 50/50) for Sunday's game at Oakland. LB James Harrison (ankle) and S Mike Logan are already "out" and WR/KR Willie Reid (foot) is doubtful. Along with Roethlisberger, LB Joey Porter (hamstring), NT Casey Hampton (hamstring), WR Cedric Wilson (groin) and LB Clark Haggans (ankle) are questionable.

Even if Roethlisberger is medically cleared to play on Sunday, I would take the following approach (an approach I suggested prior to the game at Jacksonville): Let Charlie Batch start and bring Roethlisberger on in relief only if Batch falters. This way, if Batch plays well, Big Ben gets an additional week to recover. And if Batch struggles, bringing Ben off the bench might very well spark the team's offense.


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