Ben Roethlisberger returned to the practice field for the first time since suffering rib and shoulder injuries Week 10, meaning he could take the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
On Tuesday, Mike Tomlin insisted that Charlie Batch would remain the team's starter, but that Roethlisberger's ability to perform in practice could cause that to change. Wednesday, Roethlisberger was limited in practice, according to the team's injury report. The 37-year-old Batch was a third-stringer before injuries to Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich, who is still out with a rib injury. Batch threw three picks in an ugly 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice as expected in a full capacity after missing extended periods of time. Brown has been out since Week 9 with a high ankle sprain, while Polamalu has only played two weeks this season after aggravating a calf injury suffered in the season opener when he tried to return too quickly in Week 5.
Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was limited in practice with a rib injury, while offensive linemen Max Starks, Willie Colon, and Mike Adams as well as linebacker Lamarr Woodley were unable to participate in practice.