Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) said Thursday that his availability for Week 13 at Baltimore depends on arm strength and ability.
"Can I make a long throw? Can I put a lot of zip on the ball, throw it really hard before people like Ed Reed and defenders can get to the ball?" said Roethlisberger. "Because if I can't I'm not putting this team in the best situation to win the game." Big Ben has been assured by doctors that his aorta is no longer in danger of being punctured by his dislocated rib. The question is whether the Steelers will play him behind a reshuffled offensive line if his range of motion isn't there. "There's always a chance," said Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is not optimistic, reporting Thursday afternoon that it "does not look good" for Big Ben to play Sunday.