Roethlisberger update

Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football talk

The odds that Ben Roethlisberger will start in Monday night's game against
the Jacksonville Jaguars increased Wednesday, with the Pittsburgh Steelers'
quarterback returning to the practice field only 10 days after an

"I feel good, better every day," said Roethlisberger, who missed last
Thursday's season opening victory over the Miami Dolphins after battling his
way back from the facial injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident this
spring. "My stomach feels pretty good. Obviously, when someone cuts into
your body, it's going to hurt a little bit. But for the most part, it feels
real good."

"Plus, the thing with Ben is that he doesn't like to miss games," said Hines
Ward, who had an appendectomy a few years ago and sat out two preseason

Even though Roethlisberger has been medically cleared, the final decision on
whether he plays against the Jaguars will rest with coach Bill Cowher, who
acknowledged that he might not make a determination until Monday evening.
Roethlisberger is officially listed as questionable on the Steelers' injury
report. By definition, that means it is 50-50 that he will play.

Heightening the chances that Roethlisberger will make his first start since
leading the Steelers past the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL is that the
Pittsburgh quarterback has an extra day to prepare because of the Monday
game. Roethlisberger was replaced by nine-year veteran Charlie Batch, who
completed 15-of-25 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns in last week's
opening-game victory over the Dolphins.

"The bottom line," Cowher said, "is making sure he's comfortable and can
protect himself and [that] he's not going out there [worrying] about those
I am hearing from Chris Mortensen ( John Clayton also said this too that
Ben did not have a great practice also) said that Ben has to practice
better today than yesterday to start in Jacksonville on Monday.