The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback practiced fully for the first time since he suffered shoulder and rib injuries Nov. 12 and, barring a setback, is ready to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers in Pittsburgh.
“I thought it was a positive day for Ben,” Tomlin said. “He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. It was positive. … I saw him make the necessary throws.”
Although the 7-5 Steelers are 1-2 without Roethlisberger, they’re in the mix for a playoff berth and Roethlisberger gives them their best chance at finishing the season strong. The next hurdle for Roethlisberger, who has never missed four consecutive games in his career, will be to see how he feels today.
“It’s cold out there, so that doesn’t help,” Roethlisberger said after practice. “There is a little bit of pain and tightness. We aren’t worried about that feeling right now.”
Roethlisberger said his dislocated rib no longer means his life would be in danger if he played. It’s just a matter of his pain threshold now.
“From what I understand, the rib was, it was stable in the back, but in the front, if I took the wrong shot, it could puncture the wrong way,” Roethlisberger told USA Today.
“According to the training personnel staff, doctors, they don’t feel the stability is an issue. I’m sure that first time I hit the ground it’s going to be a little — I may lay there for a second or so to make sure I can feel everything in my chest. According to them, everything is stable.
“I can play with pain.”