Pittsburgh Steelers: News at Quarterback

Charles HoweCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 07:  Quarterback Byron Leftwich #4 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during play against the Houston Texans on September 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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While Head Coach Mike Tomlin has maintained his silence on the issue, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians let the cat out of the bag: "Ben's going to play this week." There has been no indication who will be the starter for Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants, but Roethlisberger is a safe bet.

Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger has also been a topic for Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King. He tweeted that Hines Ward, who has been critical of Roethlisberger in the past, said, "He's making a valiant effort to get his life right.''

King also said via Twitter that Bill Cowher and Merril Hoge have played a role in Roethlisberger’s “road back to decency” and that Ben "seemed better, friendlier,” when King spoke to him.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting more news on the Steelers quarterback front. According to Ed Bouchette, all indications point to Byron Leftwich being the starter during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension. However, there will be plays designed specifically for Dennis Dixon. Tomlin said, "We've continually worked on a package that's built solely for [Dennis Dixon] not only here in training camp, but back in the spring at our place.”

Bruce Arians added, “When you play without Ben, you're going to utilize all the players you have. So [Dennis Dixon will] have a package, and how he plays within that package will determine how much he plays. I'm not against playing both of them."