Ben Roethlisberger Will Play
When the Steelers offense trots out on the field on Sunday there will be a familiar No. 7 behind center. Don’t believe the hype! Ben Roethlisberger will play against the Ravens.
We have all seen the conflicting reports since the Steelers veteran signal caller suffered a left knee injury which required surgery following their 20-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins in week six.
With first place in the AFC North on the line when the two teams collide, there’s no chance Big Ben misses this match up against their division rivals.
Terrell Suggs said it best when he spoke at the podium following Wednesday’s practice about the Steelers quarterback.
“You have to understand. I just told them [the Pittsburgh media], ‘I saw this movie before.’ He is going to act like, ‘I am not playing; I don’t know. I did individuals today; I threw a little bit. I still don’t know.’ Then he is going to walk his big ass on out there.
“I’ll be like, ‘How are you doing, Benjamin?’ He will be like, ‘What’s up Sizzle?’ Then it is on!”
Suggs who is set to return to action following a biceps injury continued to reinforced his opinion.
“Don’t fall for that. I am telling my boys that ‘7’ [Roethlisberger] is playing, and not only that, he’s going to try and light our ass up, so prepare.
Suggs is right. We’ve all seen that movie too…
And its sequels.
Countless times we’ve seen Big Ben injured and carted off the field only to make a triumphant return. We aren’t falling for it this time.
Not only is the Ravens defense preparing to take on Roethlisberger, they are well aware as to what lies in wait from the NFL’s 11th ranked offense.
“I’m making sure ‘22’ [Smith] stays hydrated. You good? (Smith nods his head.) Make sure you stay hydrated,” bellowed Suggs to the veteran cornerback. “They have a special guy over there, both of them in the backfield and out there at receiver.
“We have some [stuff] we have to tend to.”
The Ravens certainly will have their hands full coming off the bye and will need all hands on deck. Their season depends on it after suffering their first four game losing streak under John Harbaugh.
It won’t be easy.
It will be a hard fought, physical battle between rivals and there is no way Roethlisberger misses this week, with all due respect to the injury reports or the insiders covering the game.
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