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Ben Roethlisberger | Quarterback | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 241
College: Miami (OH)
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (11) / PIT
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Steelers president Art Rooney II says the team still isn't thinking about life beyond Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger has been playing the best football of his career the past two seasons, but is going on 34. He's grown increasingly prone to injury, dealing with knee, foot and shoulder issues in 2015. That's in addition to a concussion. At the very least, the Steelers need to get serious about finding a viable backup. Michael Vick and Landry Jones didn't get the job done in 2016. Roethlisberger is signed through 2019. Jan 28 - 3:24 PM

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Ben Roethlisberger said he will not need surgery on his injured shoulder.

"From what I’ve been told by [Dr. James] Bradley, no surgery," Roethlisberger said in a radio interview. "The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee possibly down the road is cleaning out the arthritis and scars. I don’t foresee any surgeries anytime soon." Roethlisberger should be 100 percent well before training camp. He will be a top-five option even in a loaded quarterback group next season.
Jan 19 - 12:18 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-37 passes for 339 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Broncos.

Amid arm strength concerns following last week's shoulder injury, Roethlisberger fired two deep attempts early, the first overthrown badly down the left sideline before the second bounced off Markus Wheaton's chest in the end zone. Big Ben got the vast majority of his first-half yardage on poorly-covered completions to Darrius Heyward-Bey (58 yards), Sammie Coates (37), and Martavis Bryant (23). The Broncos' secondary seemed to have frequent breakdowns with CB Chris Harris (shoulder) in and out of the lineup, leaving Bryant wide open all too often. The Steelers were ultimately overwhelmed by the Broncos' defense -- especially in scoring position -- bringing to end an injury-plagued, but very often explosive 2015 season for Roethlisberger. Big Ben should be locked in as a top-five fantasy quarterback pick in 2016 re-draft leagues.
Jan 17 - 8:08 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

Despite being listed questionable, Big Ben was never expected to miss this one. The Steelers, however, will be without DeAngelo Williams (foot) and Antonio Brown (concussion) on Sunday. Also inactive for the Steelers are Michael Vick, CB Doran Grant, FB Will Johnson, OT Byron Stingily, and DE Leterrius Walton. Roethlisberger is expected to have the full playbook available.
Jan 17 - 3:17 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) will have the full playbook available to him for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapsheet notes Roethlisberger's arm won't be at full strength, which is understandable given the beating he took last week against the Bengals. However, Roethlisberger was a full participant at Friday's practice and played well enough to draw praise from teammates Martavis Bryant and Will Johnson. With Roethlisberger at less than 100 percent, we'd expect the Steelers to rely heavily on short passes. RB Fitzgerald Toussaint was targeted eight times against Cincinnati and should see a similar workload Sunday against Denver.
Jan 17 - 9:14 AM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, questionable) was a full participant at Friday's practice.

It sounds like Roethlisberger is in surprisingly good shape after suffering torn ligaments in his shoulder. Martavis Bryant said Roethlisberger's arm strength looked "the same as usual" Friday, while FB Will Johnson said Ben was able to complete "pretty much the whole route tree." Roethlisberger said earlier this week that he would be hurting his team if he couldn't make passes 25 to 30 yards downfield, but that no longer appears to be a concern. The biggest issue is how the Steelers will move the ball against the league's best defense without Antonio Brown (concussion). Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton will need to bring their A-games for Pittsburgh to pull the upset.
Jan 15 - 2:14 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

He's fully expected to play. The Steelers aren't going to go into this one without all three of Antonio Brown (concussion), DeAngelo Williams (foot), and Big Ben, and the aforementioned two have already been ruled out. Roethlisberger isn't near 100 percent, but he and Fitzgerald Toussaint will have to put the Steelers on their back if they have any chance at a win.
Jan 15 - 12:47 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) returned to Steelers practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Per beat writer Mark Kaboly, Roethlisberger was "very" limited. Roethlisberger is fully expected to start Sunday's game against the Broncos, but he'll be nowhere close to 100 percent, and likely missing Antonio Brown (concussion). Big Ben won't be more than a contrarian play in DFS leagues against the Broncos' imposing defense.
Jan 14 - 3:48 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.

Roethlisberger didn't make any throws in an effort to rest his shoulder. The Steelers were expected to hold him out until Thursday. Roethlisberger remains on track to play, but isn't going to be close to fully healthy.
Jan 13 - 5:24 PM

In a radio interview, Ben Roethlisberger said he has torn ligaments in his right (throwing) shoulder in addition to a sprained AC joint.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Monday Roethlisberger is "very likely" to play Sunday against the Broncos, but Roethlisberger did not sound as sure in the interview. He will certainly be limited even if he suits up. Likely without Antonio Brown (concussion), unable to push the ball downfield and playing against the best defense in the league, Roethlisberger will struggle to move the ball. It could be a long day for Pittsburgh.
Jan 12 - 11:41 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is "very likely" to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

This meshes with a similar report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday, which said the Steelers were "optimistic" Roethlisberger would be able to play. In Week 15 against Denver, Big Ben threw for 380 yards and a 3:2 TD:INT ratio on 55 attempts. He's going to need Antonio Brown to gain clearance from the concussion protocol to have any chance at those numbers.
Jan 11 - 10:28 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are "optimistic" Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) will play in the Divisional Round if he avoids setbacks this week.

La Canfora says the Steelers will "take every precaution," holding Ben out of practice "probably until Thursday." La Canfora calls Roethlisberger's injury a "shoulder strain" in his right (throwing) arm. It's unclear how close to 100 percent Roethlisberger will be by the end of next week, but for now the Steelers at least aren't planning to have to start Landry Jones at Denver.
Jan 10 - 10:16 PM

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Sunday.

According to NFL Network's Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport, the Steelers are under the impression that Roethlisberger suffered a sprained AC joint Saturday against Cincinnati. Roethlisberger returned for Pittsburgh's final drive but told coach Mike Tomlin not to call any plays that would involve him throwing downfield. Big Ben is obviously in a great deal of pain and isn't a lock to play next week at Denver. With Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown (concussion) banged up, the Steelers will have their work cut out for them in the Divisional Round.
Jan 10 - 1:09 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he has "no indication" whether or not Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) and Antonio Brown (concussion) will be ready for next week's Divisional Round game against the Broncos.

Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's win over Cincinnati. He returned for the Steelers' final drive but mostly stuck to short passes and never really tested out his arm. Tomlin admitted he wasn't sure "how far" Roethlisberger could throw it. Already without running back DeAngelo Williams, the Steelers would be in serious trouble if Big Ben and Brown can't go against the Broncos next Sunday. Backup Landry Jones completed two of five passes for 11 yards and one interception during Roethlisberger's short absence on Saturday.
Jan 10 - 8:41 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 18-of-31 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Bengals.

Roethlisberger missed most of the fourth quarter after being forced to the locker room with a shoulder injury at the end of the third, but he returned with just over a minute left to lead the Steelers on a nine-play, game-winning drive which was helped by two senseless personal foul penalties by Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones. Roethlisberger put some zip on the ball which resulted in the first of the two penalties, and his ability to come back at all bodes well for his status moving forward. The real concern might be the offense's continued struggles to score on the road, which gave the Bengals a chance to win despite being dominated for most of the game. With an even tougher matchup in Denver next on the docket, Roethlisberger will need to find some health and answers this week if Pittsburgh hopes to move on.
Jan 10 - 12:02 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Rajion Neal
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
WR11Antonio Brown
2Markus Wheaton
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
WR21Martavis Bryant
2Sammie Coates
3Levi Norwood
4Shakim Phillips
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Heath Miller
2Jesse James
3Matt Spaeth
4Rob Blanchflower
5Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Micah Hatchie
3Matt Feiler
4Brian Mihalik
LG1Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
RG1David DeCastro
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Mitchell Van Dyk
3Kelvin Palmer
K1Chris Boswell
2Shaun Suisham
3Ty Long