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Ben throws; Batch still to start

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 27, 2012 – 12:20 pm

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was able to deliver some good news on the injury front with some players who have been battling injuries working their way back to playing.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball on Monday and Tomlin said he “Will take steps towards playing this week. We’ll leave the door open for him. He’s got a chance.” In addition Byron Leftwich threw some on Monday, but Tomlin made it clear that Charlie Batch is the starting quarterback at this point for Sunday’s game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Right now Charlie Batch is our quarterback,” said Tomlin. “We are working offensively to put together a plan to complement his strengths. That is our plan until otherwise. These guys will be participating in some form or fashion. We’ll let that participation or the result of the participation guide us in terms of their availability as we push to the later part of the week and see where those guys are a little later in the week. As we sit here today and we are preparing and putting together a plan we are doing so with Charlie Batch being our quarterback.”

Receiver Antonio Brown is going to practice and at this point is scheduled to play against the Ravens. In addition, safety Troy Polamalu is expected to practice this week and could play on Sunday. Tackle Willie Colon, who missed the Browns game, is improving and may rest a little early in the week, but has a “strong chance” of playing. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery ran on Monday and is expected to be a partial participant in practice on Wednesday with as Tomlin said, “An eye toward playing.”

“We are looking to get some guys back potentially but we are not going to hold our breath in that regard. We are going to continue to focus on reading the guys that are healthy and holding those guys to the standard that we are accustomed to, which is winning football.”

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley is considered doubtful at this point with an ankle injury and if he can’t play he will be replaced by Jason Worilds in the lineup. Tackle Mike Adams has been ruled out for Sunday with an ankle injury, and will be replaced by fellow rookie Kelvin Beachum.

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21 Responses to “Ben throws; Batch still to start”

  1. By Steve on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    We need Ben back in a big way,when he is on the field the team plays better.we need every one back,brown,polamalu,mendenhall,leftwich,The Steelers are the best team on the planet,lets show the league just how great you guys can be

  2. By Mike Carrasco on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Charlie can do the job he was hired for but he can not do it alone. Ben is hurt he needs time to heel. The game was a fulke but the Coach has to act not just talk.
    The Steelers can are Champs not has beens. Back Charlie up do not just drop him. He has done it before and he can do it again.

  3. By Justin on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    It’s about time Tomlin is making the right choices and putting players in a position to win and play guys who are performing.. everyone has had there chance now let’s get healthy and stack enough wins for the post season it would be nice to get the division but the focus now is to make the playoffs but get there healthy

  4. By brian b on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    charlie b is a journeyman QB, he needs some confidence though, he seemed unsure of himself a few times during last weeks game.

  5. By jimmie on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    with everyone getting healthy and back to the active roster we have a chance to run the table

  6. By RON on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    When Charlie Batch is throwing to Mike Wallace, deep, he’s got to get the ball in the air in Two seconds instead of the four seconds he was in Cleveland. Wallace is faster than Charlie think he is. I heard Ben says that before, throw it and let Mike go get it. AND HE WILL.

  7. By WSB on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    My thought is, why didn’t you game plan for Charlies strengths last week then? Seems like the Browns were being looked past when all they have done is play every team hard this year and lose close games. The Ravens are not playing well and winning close games right now. If Batch can’t make the throws then don’t ask him to. Short quick hitters 3 step snaps and catch the ball. I would rather see Charlie throw 50 times 5 yrds at a time then watch what we watched last week. Keep Dwyer on the field as well.

  8. By Virginia on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hurray we need Ben back as soon as possible well and ready to play some good football. We have really missed all the players that have been out but especially Ben. Good Luck on the Ravens game and all other games that have yet to be played.

  9. By Craig on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Steeler fan for life: I’m challenging specific players, you know who you are, to step up and play the game of FOOTBALL. Rashard run for positive yards and quit dancing. It works for Dwyer. Wallace what is wrong with you? You showed so much potential and heart last year, if you’re not happy, play your butt off and maybe another team will pick you up. You have lost your concentration and committment to being one of the best. It breaks your fans hearts to watch you play as a 20% player. All receivers should run routes with the intention of getting open and what I see is lazy lackadaisical efforts. I wish I got paid what receivers do and only had to give 100% for approx. 2 hours a week. Offensive line protect your quarterback. Willie and Max you are getting beat because your slow and need to put more into your physical conditioning. The offensive line needs to create holes and not stand up and create walls, you are getting beat by not playing your butts off. Mr. Haley we need to quit being so predictable…run,run, pass. Mix up plays as they are keying in on us , especially with Ben being out. It breaks my heart to know what the best team in football is capable of but not play to their potential. Make a name for yourself and BELIEVE.

  10. By Steve on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    This is a great team! Defense has been lights out! Please for God’s sake catch the int! Chuck we believe in you! Remember we were the last seed in the wild ard and won the bowl. We can do it again. Mike stop worrying about getting hit across the middle. Plax has something to prove, throw it up and he will get or get flag. Stairway to Seven boys!

  11. By Brian on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    this is ridiculous!!!! STEELER NATION STAND UP!!!! MAN UP !!!!!! we can beat the RAVENS without Ben. He needs to heal. Besides, we cannot afford to mortgage the season on one game against the RAVENS. Even if we lose to the Ravens without Ben, we should be able to run the table with Ben over the last 4 games and make the playoffs!

  12. By Calvin Wilson Jr. on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Coach Tomlin, Please pay attention to detail!! The Steelers have crazy speed at wideout! Use what u have! Some more quick slants and double drags with the speedsters will result in more huge plays. Wallace and Brown are blazing fast! Less of the wideout screens please. Whoever is qb must be willing to take some deep shots as well. I noticed that Baltimore really stretches the defense out better than us!! Flaco takes alot of deep shots. Best thing about throwing the ball very deep is that its just like a good punt if it gets picked off. Lets GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  13. By Dave on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    A gimpy Ben might get killed in Baltimore. They have a history of cheap shotting him, and if he’s slow and can’t protect himself, we could lose him for the rest of the year, instead of a few weeks. Let Charlie start, and keep the long throws to a minimum. He doesn’t have enough arm strength to zip the ball in fast enough to avoid picks. And MAYBE we can hold on to the ball, and win one without BB.

  14. By Ron on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    The steelers need to pick up another QB in the draft to back up Ben. Charlie and leftwich are not getting the job done, we are losing games we should be winning.

  15. By Matt on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Getting Ben back will be huge, but as long as he is HEALTHY!! There is no sense rushing him back to play Baltimore if he is still hurt. 10-6 will make the playoffs, and the division is pretty much out of reach, so let’s be smart about when Ben comes back.

  16. By anthony on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    can’t wait to see everyone healthy and back on the field playing

  17. By chris vincent on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    yes steelers are the best and they are strong they needed a game like this with browns to wake up the sleeping giant they will get there heads together and be there for the playoffs and watch out AFC here come the steelers

  18. By southernsteelersfan on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t put that all on Batch!! Mike Wallace Hasn’t been making a large number of the catches even when the ball was delivered!! The interception where Batch under-threw the ball to Wallace would have been caught by Heath Miller or Antonio Brown or any number of other receivers, but not Wallace!! All he wants to do is see how fast he can get down the field, but thinks he is beyond coming back to the ball!! Could take a hit if he comes back!! Oh!! He’s Fast, but that means nothing if you don’t make the catch!!

  19. By southernsteelersfan on Nov 27, 2012 | Reply

    Charlie may not throw as long as Ben but give the man more credit!! 2 of 4 INT’s were bobbles that should have been catches!! And you can see my opinion of No Catch Wallace!!

  20. By heidelberger12 on Nov 28, 2012 | Reply

    If Batch starts, he needs to take 500 snaps at practice this week. I was very disappointed at his ability to throw the ball accurately, regardless of the distance

  21. By alanrodgers1427 on Nov 28, 2012 | Reply


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