Ben Roethlisberger has been nothing if not indestructible, playing through all sorts of injuries during his career. So relentless has he been that It took the possibility that he would suffer aortic damage to keep him out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineup after he dislocated a rib dislocation Nov. 12.

Now, though, he has healed to the point at which sources tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is expected to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. The recovery would be timely with the Steelers, 1-2 without Roethlisberger, bidding for an AFC wild card. Roethlisberger threw lightly last week and is expected to participate in 11-on-11 drills this week.

“We’ll see what it looks like on the football field,” Coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’ll be given time to prove he is healthy. We’ll see where the week takes us, particularly [Wednesday].”

Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a victory over the Ravens on Sunday, but “Ben is our quarterback,” Tomlin said, “and if he’s capable of playing, we’ll play him.”

Roethlisberger has been recovering from a sternoclavicular injury and dislocation of the first rib. “That’s the scary part because I guess if it goes in the wrong direction it can puncture the aorta,” Roelisberger said two weeks ago. “That’s more of the issue, I think. That’s probably the more painful part.”

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