Since losing Ben Roethlisberger to injury in week three of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have actually coped better than many expected.
But, despite winning two of the four games during their franchise quarterback's absence, there is no doubt that the return of Big Ben to the gridiron would greatly improve the team's chances of securing playoff football this season.
Three little words
It is no surprise, then, that three words posted on Twitter today by trusted Pittsburgh beat writer Ed Bouchette have elicited such a positive response amongst Steelers fans.
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In the wake of Roethlisberger returning to practice as a full participant on Wednesday, Bouchette replied to one fan's pessimism about the chances of the veteran QB playing this weekend with a simple message:
On Sunday, they face an unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals team that are currently dominating the AFC North division, and Pittsburgh surely know getting Big Ben firing on all cylinders is their only chance of catching their rivals.
Of course, until Roethlisberger or Mike Tomlin come out and confirm the situation, there is no guarantee the two-time Super Bowl champ will take the field on Sunday.
That hasn't stopped Steelers fans from celebrating the news, however:
Even Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell appears to be getting in on the Big Ben love in:
Before suffering his knee injury, Roethlisberger had thrown for 912 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions so far in 2015.
Steelers fans: Can your team catch the Bengals to win the division? Have your say in the comments below...