The Steelers expect to have Big Ben under center against the Ravens

When the Steelers return from their bye to practice this week, team officials anticipate quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will participate in drills and be ready to face the Ravens in Week 9. Roethlisberger had surgery to repair a meniscus issue in his knee earlier this month, but the team's doctors expected two-to-three weeks of recovery time, and he is on schedule for that time frame.

Initial reports for a four-to-six week absence were not accurate, and Roethlisberger has been a quick healer throughout his career. Roethlisberger looked good throwing the ball and participating in limited activities before the bye after being inactive for the loss to New England in Week 7.

The Ravens are preparing as if Roethlisberger, and not backup Landry Jones, will start, sources said.

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