Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is confident that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start this weekend for the AFC North side against their divisional rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, according to reports.
Roethlisberger has been unavailable for selection for four games due to a sprained knee and bruised leg. He was close to returning last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs but is looking more likely to play this weekend.
Tomlin said on Sunday that he was confident Big Ben could return under center this week, but he must go through an entire week of practice.
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He said, according to Yahoo! Sports: "In the end, we decided to go with the guys that had the practice reps. That was the appropriate thing to do. No second-guessing there, we'll move forward with Ben as we prepare for this week.
''I don't know what the reaction to next week's work is going to mean to him. So I say that with the understanding that how his knee reacts to the work we give him could play into it.''
Linebacker Arthur Moats stated the return of Roethlisberger will bring a much-needed boost for all parts of the team, as he said: ''It would be a huge boost for us, not just offensively, but from a morale standpoint for the team. You know the type of talent he brings and what he's capable of doing. I feel like when he's healthy and ready to go he's going to be out there.''
Big Ben will have a tough game to return for, as the Bengals are currently undefeated in the NFL this season with a 6-0 record. This is an important game for them, as winning this one could provide them with a chance to still win the AFC North this year.
Lose it, and the Steelers may have to settle for a wildcard spot in order to reach the playoffs, as the divisional title may be out of reach.