11-30-2012, 01:33 PM
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Following Friday's practice, the Pittsburgh Steelers were extremely pessimistic about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's prospects for playing against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, according to a team source.
Roethlisberger is not pain-free and continues to have problems with his injured right shoulder, allowing him to create enough torque to have velocity on his passes.
Since Ben Roethlisberger's rookie season in 2004, the Steelers are 0-6 against the Ravens when he doesn't start at quarterback and 9-4 when he does.
The Steelers are 0-6 against the Ravens without Roethlisberger since drafting him in the first round in 2004.
If Roethlisberger is unable to go, the Steelers once again will turn to 37-year-old Charlie Batch, who threw three interceptions in last Sunday's 20-14 loss to Cleveland. Byron Leftwich started two weeks ago in a 13-10 loss to the Ravens but suffered multiple rib fractures in that contest and remains out.
Roethlisberger also practiced in a limited role with the first team in practice Thursday but really struggled, according to a team source.
Roethlisberger's role was expected to expand in practice Friday, but a source says he had only a 35 percent chance to play Sunday.
The lengthy list of issues still plaguing Roethlisberger more than two weeks after he sprained his right shoulder and suffered a dislocated rib in a 16-13 overtime win against Kansas City, however, suggests he's still a week away from giving it a go.
Though the pain isn't quite as intense as it was in the days after Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali drilled Roethlisberger into the soggy Heinz Field turf, the two-time Super Bowl winner still can only sleep in certain positions at night. And while he's tested the shoulder this week, he's uncertain if he can make all the throws necessary to attack Baltimore's secondary.
The Steelers (6-5) have struggled in Roethlisberger's absence, needing overtime to beat the woeful Chiefs before looking listless at times and sloppy at others in the losses to Baltimore and Cleveland.