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Big Ben officially ruled out this week

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07:02 PM ET 11.24 | Ben Roethlisberger has officially been ruled out for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, according to the Steelers' official site. Roethlisberger had already been ruled out as the team's starter, but the possibility was left open that he could be activated as the team's emergency quarterback, however unlikely that was. With Byron Leftwich already ruled out with a ribs injury, Charlie Batch will start at quarterback for the Steelers. The newly-acquire Brian Hoyer will be the team's backup quarterback.

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November 24, 2012  08:09 PM ET
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Too bad for the Steelers, they'll miss the playoffs.

Other than the 4 division leaders, Pittsburgh and Indy are the only AFC teams over .500.

C'mon, Dole, I'd give you even odds to beat the Browns under center for the Steelers. A good fake to Mendenhall and you could wok into the end zone.

November 24, 2012  08:17 PM ET

Relax. The Steelers will win Sunday, and make the playoffs.

Besides, Ben may not have played anyway...he's a new dad!

November 24, 2012  08:18 PM ET

Woking in the endzone is kind of like tailgating in the parking lot, only you get run over by football players rather than cars. That's why its safer to tailgate.

I do think Pittsburgh can beat out the Browns for the final spot but not sure they will win any games in the playoffs unless Roethlisberger gets healthy.

November 24, 2012  08:25 PM ET

Last chance Batch. You never know.

November 24, 2012  08:40 PM ET

Big Ben Not playing this weekend!! Well now; that is news indeed...

November 24, 2012  09:04 PM ET
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Big Ben Not playing this weekend!! Well now; that is news indeed...

And he's not coming back until he gets a uniform that he doesn't feel silly in.

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November 24, 2012  10:52 PM ET
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He's not the father, it's all a big show,Think Rock Hudson ;)

Kinda like Gronkowski dancing with the guys and helping them take their shirts off???

November 24, 2012  11:40 PM ET

Go Irish!

November 25, 2012  12:18 AM ET

What's the over/under on Hoyer taking over?

I'm gonna go "middle of the third". And for bonus points, I'll pick "two fractured fingers on throwing hand" for Brittle Batch.

Don't get me wrong, I love the guy. He's not a whiner or anything. He just needs calcium supplements or something.

November 25, 2012  09:06 AM ET

But will Ben be back next week in Baltimore???

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November 25, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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But will Ben be back next week in Baltimore???

Hope so.

November 25, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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But will Ben be back next week in Baltimore???

Hope not. I'd hate to see him get busted up his first game back. Let him sit the rest of the season, no need to risk a punctured lung or heart over a silly game.

 
November 25, 2012  11:20 AM ET
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Kinda like Gronkowski dancing with the guys and helping them take their shirts off???

Well, they were just horsing around.

Oh... wait.

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