Mike Tomlin believes Steelers fans will greet Ben Roethlisberger "warmly" at Heinz Field on Sunday. The coach, though, won't say if he will include his quarterback as part of the pregame introductions that traditionally take place at home games.
"I expect him to get a warm reception. I really do," Tomlin said during his press conference Tuesday. "I really think that's the nature of Steeler Nation. I know we're excited about having him back. I know he's excited about getting back with his teammates and performing for our fans at Heinz Field."
Roethlisberger will start at quarterback Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, his first game after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The Steelers' starting defense was individually introduced for the first two regular-season games at home, but Tomlin would not say whether the offense or defense would have the honor on Sunday against the Browns.
"I haven't decided who's returning kicks, so you know I don't care about who we're introducing," Tomlin said.