Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger expected to play vs. Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks set to suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday despite dealing with an elbow injury.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Roethlisberger is expected to play, along with three other Steelers listed as questionable on their official injury report: TE Vance McDonald (foot), DT Cameron Heyward (knee), and CB Artie Burns (toe).
Roethlisberger missed two days of practice this week to rest his elbow, which suffered a bruise after getting hit with a helmet in overtime against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. However, he was a full participant on Friday, which indicated that he’d be able to go despite his injury.
But in case Big Ben can’t go for some reason, second-year quarterback Josh Dobbs is set to deputize, with rookie Mason Rudolph backing him up.
Roethlisberger will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous showing against the Browns where he committed five costly turnovers. James Conner had a brilliant game in his first career start in place of Le’Veon Bell as he had 182 yards in 36 touches, while Antonio Brown had nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers offense will need to be on top of their game as they are likely to be in a shootout with the high-powered Chiefs attack.
Although, the Chiefs defense, particularly its secondary which is still not likely to have star safety Eric Berry, doesn’t look particularly strong, so Roethlisberger will have a decent shot at doing some damage if his performance isn’t sufficiently affected by his bruised elbow.