Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Steelers’ personnel expect QB Ben Roethlisberger to play in today’s game against the Ravens.
However, if he’s not healthy enough to start the game, Rapoport says that the Steelers may have Roethlisberger serve as their backup quarterback.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Steelers had yet to decide which quarterback they’re starting for Sunday’s game against the Ravens and Roethlisberger was expected to be “a true gameday decision.”
If Roethlisberger can’t play, the Steelers will obviously give Landry Jones another start.
Roethlisberger was given an initial 4-6 week timetable after he underwent surgery for a meniscus injury but there had been a lot of talk about him being back closer to two weeks.
Roethlisberger, 34, is in the second year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $64 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $17.75 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Roethlisberger had completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,685 yards to go along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 21 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Roethlisberger’s return as the news is available.