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Ben Roethlisberger: “Door is open” but return not likely, report says

Ben Roethlisberger suffered rib and shoulder injuries Nov. 12 against Kansas City. (Don Wright / AP)

Although Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said he would “leave the door open” on the possibility that Ben Roethlisberger might play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a report out of Pittsburgh makes it sound highly unlikely.

Citing a source close to Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that he’s expected to miss one more game. The source said he would be “shocked” if Roethlisberger played against the Ravens.

On Nov. 12, Roethlisberger suffered a sternoclavicular sprain and a dislocated rib, tearing the tendon that protects the rib. The injury carries the possibility of injury to the aorta if Roethlisberger were to try to play through it. The issues, the source told the Post-Gazette, is how well Roethlisberger can throw, not his pain tolerance.

Roethlisberger did throw on Monday, but Tomlin said “he’s not going to be allowed to play unless he shows us he’s capable.” Charlie Batch is likely to start his second game in a row. “We are working on a plan to complement his strengths,” Tomlin said.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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