Steel­ers not rul­ing out Roeth­lis­berger

Coach Tom­lin wait­ing to de­cide on QB’s sta­tus for Sun­day af­ter knee in­jury

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

PITTS­BURGH — Mike Tom­lin isn’t un­der­es­ti­mat­ing Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s heal­ing pow­ers.

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers coach is keep­ing the door open for his fran­chise quar­ter­back and his sur­gi­cally re­paired left knee to re­turn Sun­day in Bal­ti­more.

Roeth­lis­berger tore car­ti­lage in the knee dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of a loss to the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Oct. 16 and un­der­went out­pa­tient surgery the next day

He stood on the side­line in sweat­pants while backup Landry Jones played ca­pa­bly in a 27-16 loss to New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, and was able to prac­tice a bit dur­ing Pitts­burgh’s bye week and again on Mon­day.

“I think all the cards are on the ta­ble,” Tom­lin said Tues­day.

The main prob­lems for Roeth­lis­berger are swelling and pain tol­er­ance, things that have hardly been a de­ter­rent to Roeth­lis­berger in the past.

Tom­lin called what he saw from Roeth­lis­berger on Mon­day “gen­er­ally pos­i­tive” but will wait to see how the knee re­sponds dur­ing the week be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion on Roeth­lis­berger’s avail­abil­ity.

“I’m just look­ing at it day by day, de­cid­ing what op­por­tu­ni­ties we’re go­ing to give him on a given day, like we did [Mon­day], what he’s able to do with Mike Tom­lin

NOTES: Tom­lin praised tight end Ladar­ius Green’s men­tal prepa­ra­tion as he works his way back off the phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list. Green has yet to play this sea­son be­cause of health is­sues that be­gan with an off­sea­son an­kle surgery. The team has a 21-day win­dow to deter­mine whether to ac­ti­vate Green. … Wide re­ceiver Eli Rogers will be in the mix against the Ravens. Rogers dressed but did not see the field against New Eng­land, though. Tom­lin said the de­ci­sion not to play Rogers was not due to an off-the-field is­sue. Rogers has 13 re­cep­tions for 135 yards and a touch­down in four games.

LYNNE SLADKY/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Steel­ers’ Ben Roeth­lis­berger tore car­ti­lage in his left knee dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of a loss to the Dol­phins on Oct. 16. He had surgery the next day.

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