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Ben Roethlisberger says “there’s always a chance” he could play

Ben Roethlisberger admits that watching from the sideline “is killing me.” (Tony Dejak / AP)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says “there’s always a chance,” he could play Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens, though, are taking no chances. They’re preparing for Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch, just in case.

“We really don’t care who lines up at quarterback,” Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said (via ESPN). “For us, it’s a game that’s going to be physical. They’re going to try to win whoever’s under center. If Ben plays, I know what kind of competitor he is. This guy is probably one of the strongest quarterbacks in the National Football League and one of the most competitive, him and Philip Rivers. But when it’s all said and done, whoever lines up, lines up. We have our own situation to take care of. We really don’t care.”

Roethlisberger, who has not played since suffering a shoulder injury and dislocated rib Nov. 12, spoke of the possibility he might play in a way that is encouraging only to Lloyd Christmas. There’s an issue of “both” pain and arm strength, Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers are fighting for an AFC wild card at 6-5 and are 0-2 since Roethlisberger was hurt. They played the Ravens on Nov. 18, losing 13-10 in Pittsburgh.  

“There are so few quarterbacks that actually give their team a chance to win just because they’re on the field,” Ryan Clark said. “Ben is one.”

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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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