Just over two weeks ago, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. He’s already practicing, though, and it’s looking like he’ll be ready to go for this Sunday’s rival matchup in Baltimore.
It’s not the greatest news for Ravens Nation, which could use a break, rather than a challenge, from the AFC North-leading Steelers after dropping four games straight. The odds would be in our favor. Per ESPN, the Ravens are 6-1 when Roethlisberger sits out of regular season games and 8-9 when he plays.
The Ravens might take issue with that point, though. At 3-4 going into Week 9, they’re OK on paper, thanks to their strong 3-0 start to the season, and they’ve been preparing for the matchup all week expecting Big Ben to be on the field.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said yesterday that he’s all too familiar with hearsay that the Steelers’ leader will be out for their matchups. “You’ve got to understand, I saw this movie before,” he told the Sun. “He’s going to act like, ‘Oh, I’m not playing. I don’t know. I did individual today, I threw a little bit. I don’t still know. And then he’s going to walk his big [butt] out there and I’m going to be like, ‘How are you doing, Benjamin?’”
It’s great Suggs and the rest of the guys aren’t letting their guard down, given the updates on the Steelers QB’s health from this week. According to NFL.com, Big Ben was looking sharp with a regular practice workload on Wednesday afternoon.
Between their guarded approached to preparing for this week’s game and the return of a couple key players on offense, the Ravens should be prepared to snap their awful losing streak come Sunday, even with Roethlisberger around.
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