Pittsburgh Steelers: Still Banged Up, but Looking Better

TJ JenkinsAnalyst IDecember 3, 2009

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with teammates before the game against the  Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. Roethlisberger did not play because of a concussion. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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On the bright side of things this week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be ready come game time against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field.

According to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, his quarterback has not had any more post—concussion symptoms since the headaches he was suffering from during practice last week. He is expected to fully participate in practice on Wednesday.

With Roethlisberger back, it completely opens up the offense, as opposed to of the five to ten passing plays that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called for Dennis Dixon against the Baltimore Ravens.

The sad thing about that is that between the Dixon and Roethlisberger, Dixon is more mobile one, yet Arians will have absolutely no problem allowing Roethlisberger to roll out and throw on the run.

Don’t get me wrong, Roethlisberger is more or less unstoppable once he breaks the pocket. My sole problem with the decision of Arians is that he has issues playing to his player’s strengths and problems with minimizing their weaknesses showing.

Let’s just all hope and pray in our own ways, to our own Gods that Roethlisberger is able to play on Sunday and we don’t have to hear him tell us all that he’s having headaches after practice again. That would only serve to not only divide the locker room but would also take valuable snaps away from Dixon in a practice setting.

With Roethlisberger back, that’s one of two play makers in the game that the Steelers need. The other playmaker, Troy Polamalu, is not expected to play.

Tomlin is listing him as doubtful for the Oakland game and says that he is still a week or two away from being in playing shape. It makes sense to sit him against both the Raiders and the Cleveland Browns so long as the team has him in their defensive backfield for the games against the Green Bay Packers and for when the Ravens come to Pittsburgh.

Starting left guard Chris Kemoeatu is going to participate in individual drills in order to evaluate him for game day. He’s currently listed as questionable and with him out, rookie Ramon Foster will certainly benefit from the game experience.

Stefan Logan and Mewelde Moore are also both banged up. Logan separated his rib cartilage while Moore’s ankle is swelling. The two running backs will be limited but will more than likely play come Sunday.

Quarterback Charlie Batch’s recovery is going smoothly and Tomlin is hoping to have him back on the field in a couple of weeks. Pittsburgh fans are hoping that they don’t see him on the field in a few weeks, as of course want to see Roethlisberger.