Ben Sits Again, Dobbs Prepares to Play

By Bouchette, Ed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), September 14, 2018 | Go to article overview

Ben Sits Again, Dobbs Prepares to Play


Bouchette, Ed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Ben Roethlisberger did not practice again Thursday, but there is some expectation he will do so Friday and be ready to play Sunday against Kansas City.

Roethlisberger wore a protective sleeve on his bruised right elbow during practice but removed it once he entered the locker room. Josh Dobbs said he took the snaps with the first team for the second day in a row.

"I don't want to just say we'll coach the ones who are out there because it's not that simple," offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said, "but it looks like progress is being made."

Going by Mike Tomlin's custom, Roethlisberger would have to practice Friday in order to play Sunday. His elbow was injured on the Steelers' next-to-last offensive play of overtime in Cleveland last Sunday when linebacker Genard Avery sacked him, forcing a fumble.

If the injured elbow were to prevent Roethlisberger from playing, the Steelers would turn to Dobbs, who has yet to take a snap in a real game as he enters his second season. Rookie Mason Rudolph is behind Dobbs.

"Obviously, you have to stay ready always so you don't have to get ready," Dobbs said. "Practice as if you're going to play week in and week out so when Sunday comes you're ready to go when your number's called, whatever it is. …

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