Big Ben practices today, will play Saturday
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger winces as he puts his right shoe back on near the end of practice last Thursday. Roethlisberger injured his right foot when tackle Max Starks fell on him during pass drills near the end of practice.
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Ben Roethlisberger returned to Steelers practice today, albeit on a limited basis, and Coach Mike Tomlin said he expects his quarterback to be play as long as the other regulars in Saturday night's third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
"He won't be limited in any form or fashion," Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger, who did not play in the 17-13 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, took part in individual drills and did not take any snaps in team drills until the last series of practice at the team's South Side facility. It was the first time he has practiced since his right foot was injured in the final practice of training camp at St. Vincent College.
"We like where he is," Tomlin said.
Meantime, Tomlin said No. 3 quarterback Dennis Dixon will not play against the Bills because of a separated right shoulder. Steelers sources said the shoulder injury should not linger and they do not expect to sign another quarterback.
"He is out for this week, that's all I'm willing to characterize at this point," Tomlin said. "But I'm going to be optimistic."
Also, Tomlin said TE Sean McHugh will have arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow morning to, a procedure that is expected to sideline him at least two weeks.
First Published August 25, 2009 1:33 pm