That nonsense is for fantasy leagues and power rankings. Passing for 500 yards and throwing 4 INTs won't necessarily get you the W. Getting the W gets your the W. It's all about strategy and game theory. In this case, the coaches probably feel that the Steelers would only beat us if they had great field position. If we made them move down the field they would make the mistakes for us.
Drama queen or not, he's not going to play this weekend.
Pat Kiwan called Ben out earlier in the year about his constant mysterious injuries, he's a pretty credible analyst that a lot of people listen to.
Supposedly Ben barely threw any yesterday in practice.
PITTSBURGH — Injured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just threw softly during the individual portion of Wednesday’s practice, and the word from a team source is that Roethlisberger will have to work through the tearing of scar tissue before he feels comfortable enough to throw with any kind of velocity.
This has the makings of a funeral for the Steelers' season.
The Ravens had better not play that ball control crap in their own house. I will not be happy.
I just saw this.....commented on earlier in thread but thought I'd post:
Steeler starting RT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) has been placed on IR. Rookie OT Mike Adams (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday and is considered very questionable to play.
Steeler starting LT Max Starks (back) didn’t practice Wednesday and is considered questionable to play.
Steeler starting G Willie Colon (knee) didn’t practice Wednesday and is considered very questionable to play.
NFLN had a brief video clip of Ben playing soft toss at practice yesterday. It looked like he was soft tossing water balloons.
I highly doubt he'll magically be ready to play come Sunday. And the Steelers aren't going to stick him out there behind a 3rd string offensive line when he's nowhere near 100%
I saw some footage of this on NFL Network and it was pretty pathetic. Obviously knowing Ben there's always the chance he was hamming it up at the public practice, then launching bombs once the media had gone, but I doubt it. They were the sort of throws you make at the start of a warm up just to rotate your shoulder.
If that's the hardest he can throw it then there's not a chance he plays Sunday. Especially given that the Steelers are one more injury away from going to the nearest Krispy-Kreme to find someone they can stick on the O-Line...
I had a slither of confidence that he would play but after seeing that footage and hearing about the scar tissue not healing, combined with their O-line being in even worse shape than 2 weeks ago, there's no chance they risk it.
Like I said 3 weeks ago, I doubt we see Ben this year again... and if we do (if he and the Steelers are stupid) he will be next to worthless throwing the ball. But we are talking about a guy who makes millions of dollars and didn't wear a motorcycle helmet. Dumb is as Dumb does.
But the common line of thinking is about 6-8 months for total healing of a ligament. Now that's 100%. He doesn't need 100%. I also know that these guys are elite athletes with all of the technology and miracle treatments on their side, so maybe bump that 30%-40% for a fast healer. If the joint affected is not directly related to what you need to perform maybe you get back out even faster. But this is at the center of a QB's throwing motion.
Just my .02. I'm not Ben's Dr. I'm only going on the information/misinformation we are given.
If they label Ben as 50/50 chance to play when he's "tossing water balloons", then they must think he's the greatest QB in the history of QB's. Either the injury isn't anywhere near as serious as the media and Ben make it out to be, or the Steelers are desperate for a 10% Ben to outplay Batch.