The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to wait once again to have their franchise quarterback back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger is going to miss his third consecutive game since he sprained his MCL and received a bone bruise in his knee against an aggressive St. Louis Rams defense. Roethlisberger indicated earlier in the week that he may be well enough to play against the Cardinals on Sunday, but was officially ruled out on Friday.
And the tease of the week is over. Steelers announce Ben Roethlisberger is officially out.
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The Steelers are going to have to place their fate in the hands of backup quarterback Michael Vick once again. With Vick as a starter, the Steelers are 1-1 in two very close games against the Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers. Vick began to get into rhythm last week against the Chargers as he led the final drives for the offense to pull out a last second win.
Without Roethlisberger at the helm, the Steelers will likely dedicate a majority of their offensive snaps to running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell turned the end of their matchup against the Chargers last week into a game of seconds and inches, as he fought for the game-winning touchdown on the final play in San Diego.
In what will likely be his final game starting, Michael Vick will look to use his arsenal of receivers including Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Heath Miller to make a tremendous impact against a ball-hawking Arizona secondary while Bell pounds the ball into a weaker front line defense. Vick could also have deep threat Martavis Bryant at his disposal, who was placed on the active roster earlier this week.
While Roethlisberger won’t hit the field in week six, he is tentatively expected to start in week seven against the Kansas City Chiefs.