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Tomlin: “It was a positive day for Ben”

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 5, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice on Wednesday for the first time since he injured his shoulder against the Kansas City Chiefs and Coach Mike Tomlin liked what he saw.

“I thought it was a positive day for Ben,” said Tomlin. “He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. It was positive. Obviously, we’ll see how his body responds to it tomorrow, but I thought today was a good step. We’ll see what tomorrow holds for us.”

Roethlisberger hasn’t played in the last three games, but if he continues to progress he could play this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field.

“I’ll see how his body responds in the morning and we’ll go from there,” said Tomlin. “But it was a positive day today. He made all the necessary throws.”

Also practicing on Wednesday were wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), running back Will Johnson (concussion) and quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs).

Nine players missed practice on Wednesday, including tackles Mike Adams (ankle) and Willie Colon (knee), receiver s Antonio Brown (ankle), Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) and Mike Wallace (knee), safeties Ryan Clark (hip) and Troy Polamalu (not injury related), cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle), and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle).

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20 Responses to “Tomlin: “It was a positive day for Ben””

  1. By Will on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Great news, please don’t let Ben play unless he is heathly, Charlie can do it again if Ben is not ready.


  2. By Bob Kuzel on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    It just seems kind of odd that Ben gets injured right when his son is about to be born. hmmmmm !! Now that he’s fine it’s like he was never hurt to begin with. hmmmmmm !

  3. By Ryan Mitchell on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    So Bob……what you are insinuating is that Ben wasn’t really hurt and that the organization and himself were just saying it so he could be there when his son was born? Ben had already stated, months before, that he would miss a game if his son was being born that day…..so what would be the need to make up a fake, potentially life threatening injury? Ben is one of the most, if not the most, competitive quaterbacks in the league. He would have absolutely no reason to fake an injury.

  4. By Gil on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Let Charlie run it as far as he can…Save Ben for the Playoffs.

  5. By Dwayne Cabaniss on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Really, Bob? Why would he need to fake an injury, when he’s already expressly stated that he’d sit out for the birth of his son? Then he attends practices and games to support and help as much as he can. He misses not one, but both games against the Ravens. Having seen him play an entire half last year on a high ankle sprain, no one should doubt his willingness to play. I could see that angle if it were only one game, but he’s been out 3, and perhaps 4 weeks at a critical juncture. Not to mention the flak that he and the team got last year when he tried to rush back too soon and hurt the team. Hope you’re just joking…

  6. By Ken Null on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Dress Ben, start Batch. If Charlie is doing good, let him play. If he isn’t doing well and we need help, then put Ben in.

  7. By Greg peters on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Are you serious Bob!!! Do you think Ben would fake injury to miss playing 2 games against the Ravens! Big Ben is a warrior period!!! You should have your head examined!!!

  8. By Ryan on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Why is everyone hammering on Ben? Clearly he was injured look at the replay how he fell down was not right i knew he was hurt before they said it..How many times does this man have to prove himself he has played and played time after time hurt over the past couple of years so you know what cut him some slack..He has a family now to worry about and i dont care who you are family comes first in my book so good for him if he took off to heal correctly..I would take ben over brady or manning anyday of the week

  9. By Mary Rafail on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    HMMMMM! Bob…Ben Jr. was born on a Wed. not on a Sunday or gameday. He would of been there regardless if hurt or not since it was late Wed eve almost Thanksgiving Day. Not games on the schedule those days! One should NEVER question Ben’s actions. All is good…be thankful. HMMMMM!

  10. By skydiver on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Charley can handle it this week against the Chargers. Ben could be more-seriously hurt if he’s not fully healed. No sense in taking chances.

  11. By John SNyder on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Relax people I believe Bob is kidding. Man you ever heard of sarcasm?.

  12. By Frank on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    What worries me more is all 3 starting wideouts missed practice! Whats going on there?

  13. By Garry on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Mike tomlin is an excellent coach he will do whats best for the team !! GO STEELERS !! We have one of the best all around teams no matter who we play our guys give 100 % !!

  14. By Mariann on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Look at all these ankle injuries…what is going on?

  15. By Frankie on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    We all know that if the steelers make the playoffs, it is because of Ben Roethlisberger. I would really like to see him gradually worked into the game against the Chargers. I would love nothing more than him to beat the cowboys in Dallas,

  16. By CARLOS LOPEZ on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Let Ben play; but please lets back to basic give the ball to the running backs do not expose Ben too much PLEASE!!

  17. By steeler1968 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great News GO STEELERS

  18. By James Mills on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    HEY BOB, I just wonder if you are really a Steeler fan or NOT. I mean really you think that Ben was faking a injury. After all he’s been through slamming his face into a car windsheild at 60 m.p.h. I mean really Bob think about it playing with a broken foot and all the other injuries he’s had. And you think that he’s faking get real dude. Anyway if he’s ready to play, play him.

  19. By Dave Smtih on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    A VERY wise man once stated. “It is best to sit and appear stupid than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt” In this case I am assuming Bob is putting his words to paper.

    Hmmmmmmm !

  20. By mike5883 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    this season feels like 2005.7-5 with four games remaining.ben will play if he is ready,the steelers will just keep getting stronger.defense is starting to roll and all we need from them is a few more turnovers.the one thing i would like to hear from the fans at heinz field is more nooooooise when the visiting team has the ball.It sounds dead on tv.good luck steelers from a diehard fan in baltimore

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