Week 13's a big one for the Steelers: they play the Ravens for the second time in three weeks, with any hope of winning the AFC North on the line. A loss would also send them to .500 and potentially move them out of a very tight playoff race.
"I'm going to try," Roethlisberger said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's killing me to watch."
Of course, it's one thing to "try to play" and an entirely different one to actually get medically cleared and back on the field. Roethlisberger probably tried to play the last two weeks. But, considering the life-threatening potential for his rib injury, there's no way that Pittsburgh would let him.
In two games without Big Ben, the Steelers have scored all of 24 points -- seven came on a defensive touchdown. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch have combined to complete 38 of 73 passes for 400 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. The offense is completely stalled, and there's no real reason to think it'll suddenly turn around, even if the running backs stop fumbling six times a game.
Pittsburgh can keep things close without Ben, as long as their defense is playing at a high level. But the idea that they can get back to the postseason without him for any extended stretch is laughable. And that's exactly why he's so desperate to get back on the field.
Originally posted by Will Brinson on CBSSports.com