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01:09 PM ET 12.04 | Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac has learned. Roethlisberger, who has missed the past three weeks with shoulder and chest injuries, will be on the practice field this week, said head coach Mike Tomlin at his weekly press conference, but he said the QB will need to prove he's healthy enough to start.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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December 4, 2012  01:43 PM ET

Big Ben is a tough guy. He'll play.

December 4, 2012  01:52 PM ET

Shouldn't though unless they melt down. Let him have another week off

December 4, 2012  02:04 PM ET

Chargers? It oughta be a gentle way to ease Ben back into football.

December 4, 2012  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shouldn't though unless they melt down. Let him have another week off

I tend to agree. More important to have Ben ready close to play-offs. Batch has done OK recently. Won a big one last week.

December 4, 2012  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shouldn't though unless they melt down. Let him have another week off

I say give him two weeks but that's just me.


Comes with being a schedule watcher.

December 4, 2012  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I say give him two weeks but that's just me. Comes with being a schedule watcher.

Sure that has nothing to do with the Cowboys being that second game in Ben's vacation.

December 4, 2012  03:12 PM ET

Ben "proving he's healthy enough to play" is going to come down to
"Ben, are you healthy?"
"Yes, coach."
"Go play."

December 4, 2012  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ben "proving he's healthy enough to play" is going to come down to "Ben, are you healthy?""Yes, coach.""Go play."

Exactly !

December 4, 2012  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ben "proving he's healthy enough to play" is going to come down to "Ben, are you healthy?""Yes, coach.""Go play."

This should have nothing to do with what Ben thinks. Has he been "medically cleared to play?" That is the only important question here. Don't want to watch this guy's aorta explode on television.

December 4, 2012  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shouldn't though unless they melt down. Let him have another week off

Totally agree.

December 4, 2012  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This should have nothing to do with what Ben thinks. Has he been "medically cleared to play?" That is the only important question here. Don't want to watch this guy's aorta explode on television.

Yeah that'd take NFL violence to a whole level I'd agree is best avoided. I expect the doctors to do their job. If they don't clear him, Tomlin won't have any say in it anyway.

December 4, 2012  03:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This should have nothing to do with what Ben thinks. Has he been "medically cleared to play?" That is the only important question here. Don't want to watch this guy's aorta explode on television.

Medical staff has already claimed there is no further risk of damage to the aorta.

This is the 3rd year in a row Ben is "banged up" in December. He is always this way because of the way he plays. If he can throw and manage the pain, he has to play. If he doesn't, he would just have some other body part hurt next. It's time to put it all out there whether it's Baltimore & New England or even San Diego & Tennessee. If they clear him to go on Sunday - get him out there.

December 4, 2012  04:06 PM ET

Bringing Ben Back before the playoffs would be dumb...

December 4, 2012  04:19 PM ET
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Bringing Ben Back before the playoffs would be dumb...

You have to qualify for the playoffs to play in them. Steelers don't have that luxury, they need him to win.

December 4, 2012  04:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shouldn't though unless they melt down. Let him have another week off

Agreed. They can with without him.

December 4, 2012  04:28 PM ET

**win

December 4, 2012  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sure that has nothing to do with the Cowboys being that second game in Ben's vacation.

Nah...


No way...


Not me!

December 4, 2012  04:51 PM ET

It's not like the Steelers have a 2-3 game cushion. They need to win on Sunday, and Ben give them the best opportunity to do that.

December 4, 2012  06:51 PM ET

Steelers think Big Ben can play ... as do the teenage girls in western PA.

 
December 4, 2012  08:17 PM ET

Steelers KNOW he can play (2 Super Bowls prove that) the question is should he play, I vote NO

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