With their third string quarterback snatching a win against the Cardinals last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem more than ready for Ben Roethlisberger to return to the field. That could potentially happen in week seven against the Kansas City Chiefs, even though Roethlisberger remained limited in practice on Thursday.
Ben, Cortez Allen still listed as limited participants in Steelers practice today. Tuitt, Will Allen, Vick still DNP. Blake returns to full
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 22, 2015
Week 6 was expected to be the final time Michael Vick started for the Steelers this season. While that seems to still hold true, it was also the first time in the season that third string quarterback Landry Jones took the field. Vick seemed to have little ability to pass the ball through his first three quarters as the Steelers fell behind.
That all changed when Vick left with a hamstring injury bringing in Landry Jones to finish the game. Landry made an unbreakable connection with Martavis Bryant as Bryant received almost all of Landry’s 168 passing yards and both touchdowns to keep the Steelers playoff hopes very much alive.
Roethlisberger seemed convincing when he stated he was ready last week before the team officially decided to rule him out. Now with one more week of rest, this could be the best time for him to emerge with some of the best receivers available. While Roethlisberger was nursing his injury, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant have made names for themselves with their speed and amazing ability to catch while receiving passes from third and second string quarterbacks. Putting those two alongside Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the backfield, Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense may reignite the glimmering spark of hope to make the playoffs this season.
With three weeks of rest, Roethlisberger and many of his teammates believe he is back to his old self and ready to start in Kansas City this weekend. Should Big Ben return this week, it could mean fireworks for Pittsburgh’s offense, who face one of the league’s worst pass defenses in the Chiefs.