Steelers head coach told reporters that they are building their offensive game plan around Charlie Batch.
“As we sit here today, we are building our plan around Charlie,” Tomlin said, per Mike Bires.
This obviously refutes the previous report that Ben Roethlisberger was expected to be back in time to play in this weekends game. We’ll have to see how practice goes for the remainder of the week before we’ll have a better idea of who will be under center.
Roethlisberger will practice on Wednesday, so it will be interesting to see how much work he puts in. Pittsburgh would most likely be willing to play him at less than 100 percent given that Charlie Batch is their alternative at this point in time.
Roethlisberger has been reportedly cleared by doctors, so it’s really a matter of whether or not Ben is able to show the coaching staff that’s capable of playing close to his previous level.
Charlie Batch stepped in and surprisingly came away with a victory over the Ravens, so it would make sense that the Steelers would hold Roethlisberger out if he’s still struggling with some things.
We should know more in the coming days regarding his status for Week 14.