Phil Simms not going to second-guess Ben Roethlisberger

CBS Sports NFL lead analyst said it will be up to Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh Steelers to decide whether the franchise quarterback can play Sunday vs. Ravens

November 29, 2012|By Edward Lee

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice, which was interpreted as a boost in the arm for the Steelers who have dropped two straight games without their franchise quarterback.

But a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review described Roethlisberger’s workout as very brief, his light throwing ending even before some of his teammates reached the practice field.

Does this mean that Pittsburgh will err on the side of caution and shelve Roethlisberger for at least another week to give his dislocated ribs and sprained right throwing shoulder more time to heal?

CBS Sports NFL lead analyst Phil Simms isn’t sure, but the former New York Giants quarterback thinks that the Steelers -- with Roethlisberger or Charlie Batch -- will still have a difficult time scoring points against the Ravens.

“It’s going to be open for debate and second-guessing almost regardless of what happens,” Simms said of Roethlisberger’s potential return. “It just comes down to this: Roethlisberger will know and the coaches will know. We’ll find out. Even if he plays and plays really well, I still expect it to be hard to score points.”

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