Roethlisberger (ribs) practiced fully Thursday. Roethlisberger understandably dealt with some soreness after sustaining rib contusions in Week 14, but his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots is not in doubt. On the heels of three straight losses, the Steelers head into the weekend at 7-5-1, a context that makes Sunday's contest critical with regard to the team's playoff hopes. While it's known that Roethlisberger will be a go against New England, the status of top running back James Conner (ankle) remains in question.
Roethlisberger (ribs) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Steelers have routinely given the quarterback Wednesdays off this season mainly for maintenance purposes, but he could benefit from the rest more than usual after coach Mike Tomlin revealed Roethlisberger was dealing with multiple rib contusions in the aftermath of Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders. Roethlisberger noted that the injury has presented some soreness that has made sleeping difficult the past couple of days, but it's nothing that will prevent him from suiting up Week 15 against the Patriots. Expect him to return to practice in some fashion Thursday and avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend.
Roethlisberger said Tuesday on his weekly radio show that he required an MRI for the rib injury he picked up in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders but reiterated he doesn't expect to miss time, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. "I'll be on the field [Week 15 against the Patriots], that's all that matters." Roethlisberger missed 19 of the Steelers' 60 offensive plays in the Week 14 loss after team trainers decided to hold him out for a spell when initial X-rays on the rib injury he sustained were inconclusive, per Fowler. The Steelers ultimately signed off on Roethlisberger's return to action, with the signal-caller giving the team a four-point lead on a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster with 2:55 remaining in the contest before Oakland answered for the game-winning score with 21 seconds left. Chris Adamski of TribLive.com relayed that Roethlisberger is dealing with "several rib contusions" and could see his practice reps capped Wednesday through Friday, but backed up the quarterback's prediction that he'll be ready to go by the weekend. With the 7-5-1 Steelers having lost their last three games and clinging to a narrow division lead over the surging Ravens, Roethlisberger has plenty of incentive to push through the pain and play.
Roethlisberger (ribs) said following Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders that "he assumes he will be good to go for (Week 15)," Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Roethlisberger exited Sunday's game in the first half after injuring his ribs, and he did not take the field for the majority of the second half until the Raiders scored a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the contest. Roethlisberger quickly led the Steelers down the field to reclaim the lead, which the Pittsburgh defense relinquished with just 21 seconds to go. Roethlisberger then threw the ball on a successful hook-and-ladder play to put the Steelers in position to tie, but kicker Chris Boswell slipped on the tying field-goal attempt, and the game concluded. Despite missing nearly half of Sunday's contest, Roethlisberger still ended up with 282 passing yards and two scores. Those planning on including him in lineups Week 15 will want to keep tabs on his status, but given that he returned to Sunday's contest and expressed optimism -- naturally -- after the game, fantasy players have reason to be optimistic as well.
Roethlisberger (ribs) returned to Sunday's game against the Raiders in the fourth quarter, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Roethlisberger was held out for nearly the entire second half because of his injury, but he returned in an effort to lead the Steelers back late in the contest.
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