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    Sprained foot won't stop Roethlisberger
    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times
    Wednesday December 1, 2010

    PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic about the Steelers’ injury situation going into Sunday’s showdown against Baltimore, especially when it comes to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    Roethlisberger sprained his right foot in the 19-16 overtime win in Buffalo this past Sunday and is wearing a protective boot on it.

    He may be limited at practice today and maybe even Thursday. But he will start against the Ravens in an AFC North Division showdown between a pair of 8-3 teams.

    “There is some pain and discomfort of course,” Tomlin said. “We have him in a walking boot ... we’re working to help him with that as much as we can. We will see where the week takes us.”

    Tomlin said there was never a time Sunday in Buffalo when he thought Roethlisberger would have to leave the game.

    “He was absent from our sideline at the very end of the first half and maybe was late coming back from halftime, but that was simply because we were taking a picture of his foot,” Tomlin said. “I was pretty comfortable that he was going to compete and continue throughout the game.”

    In other injury news:

    l Tomlin is hopeful that defensive ends Brett Keisel (hamstring and calf) and Nick Eason (knee) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) will play in Baltimore.

    Keisel has missed the last six games. Eason, who’s been starting in Keisel’s place, suffered a sprained knee in Buffalo. McFadden pulled a hamstring muscle against the Bills.

    “Nick Eason looks to be pretty good,” Tomlin said. “He might be limited at the initial part of the week but we expect to have him. Similar things can be said about Bryant McFadden. But when you’re dealing with a hamstring injury it could be more problematic, but he’s slated to participate. We’ll see where that participation takes us.

    “Brett Keisel is going to be a full participant as well this week and hopefully play.”

    Despite Tomlin’s optimism in regards to Eason and McFadden, their availability will be determined in the next few days based on how they get through practice.

    l As was the case the past two weeks, strong safety Troy Polamalu will be limited at practice as he continues his rehab from an Achilles’ tendon strain.

    Polamalu has hardly practiced the past two weeks, but hasn’t missed any games. In fact, he’s been playing great football.

    “We simply want to take every precaution possible to keep this man up-and-running,” Tomlin said.

    “It’s obvious that he’s playing really good football for us, so we want that to continue. There’s a fine line in terms of that when you’re talking about limiting someone’s preparation, but he is a veteran football player, a good one. So we’re going to do the best thing we can in terms of getting him to the stadium in one piece.”

    l Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) also is expected back to practice this week after missing the game in Buffalo.

    l Tight end Matt Spaeth will undergo more post-concussion tests today and those tests will determine his practice availability.

    “Some things are shaping up,” Tomlin said. “We’re feeling pretty good from a health standpoint.”

    Kickoff Sunday at M & T Bank Stadium is 8:20 p.m.
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    Roethlisberger practices, vows to play Sunday
    Wednesday, December 01, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger strapped on a fortified right shoe and went through nearly a full practice with his Steelers teammates today.

    "I only missed probably 10-15 snaps," said Roethlisberger, who has a sprained right foot. "We did some different kind of looks to adapt and make it so we could still do stuff, so I think it went fairly well."

    Roethlisberger's foot was injured in Sunday's overtime victory in Buffalo. He also came out of that game with a sore knee after two Bills players roughed him up after sacking him. He wore a regular Nike cleated shoe that was retrofitted with two metal plates.

    "It hurts because it's my plant foot, my right foot. When I hit the ground, I want to get the ball out.''

    He vowed that he will play Sunday night in Baltimore.

    "I'll find a way to make it happen."
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    Default Re: Sprained foot won't stop Roethlisberger

    Leftwich waiting in wings just in case he's needed

    By John Harris
    Friday, December 3, 2010

    • With Ben Roethlisberger dealing with an injured foot, backup quarterback Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings, just in case. "I'm back. I've still got the knee brace, but I'm back," said Leftwich, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the final preseason game and has not played during the regular season. "You have to prepare yourself a certain way if you want to play quarterback in this league, and I do that."

    • Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said the coaching staff continues to work with all players regarding proper tackling techniques, Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison included. LeBeau said players are told to aim "below the numbers" when they tackle. "Can't go too low, that's a foul. Can't go too high, that's a foul," LeBeau said.

    • Safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) was a full participant at Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday. Defensive end Nick Eason (knee), tackle Flozell Adams and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) were also full participants after being limited the day before. Tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (illness) did not practice.

    • For Baltimore, running back Le'Ron McClain (ankle) missed practice for the second consecutive day. Wide receiver Derrick Mason (illness) did not practice. Safety Dawan Landry (concussion) was limited.

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    Default Re: Sprained foot won't stop Roethlisberger

    John Clayton was just saying,Ben will probably be in the shotgun more,because he will have problems with dropping back.
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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