Tag:Charlie Batch Starting
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 3:09 pm

Charlie Batch starting for Steelers versus Rams

Chuck Batch will try and lead Pittsburgh to a victory on Saturday against St. Louis. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The should-he-or-shouldn't-he-start saga with Ben Roethlisberger appears to be over, and Charlie Batch will start for the Steelers in their game Saturday against St. Louis.

The Steelers named Batch the starter over Roethlisberger on Friday, putting to rest the speculation (from Roethlisberger himself) that Ben would play on a bum ankle again. Roethlisberger, as you can imagine, wasn't thrilled.

"Well, I think if you rest you obviously can hopefully improve and give yourself higher percentages," Roethlisberger said, per our Steelers Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder. "But I like to be out there. I want to get the reps. Work on the little things that hopefully will get us ready for January."

Roethlisberger, by the way, hasn't been ruled out yet -- he's still technically "questionable" and will probably take the role of emergency quarterback with Dennis Dixon locked in as the backup.

That means if things get out of hand, the Steelers could theoretically turn to Ben, but it really shouldn't get that far, considering the Rams have scored more than 13 points exactly once over their last seven games, only one of which was a win (a 13-12 win over Cleveland).

Center Maurkice Pouncey, running back Mewelde Moore, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive back Curtis Brown are all ruled out for game, and along with Roethlisberger, linebacker LaMarr Woodley is questionable.

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