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Steelers vs. Ravens: Ben Roethlisberger could play, concerned about arm strength

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger potentially could play in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. His ability to play will be based upon his arm strength.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could potentially play in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Mark Kabloy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Roethlisberger is attempting to return to action from a dislocated rib and sprained throwing shoulder. The injuries were originally sustained in the team's Week 10 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs when he was sandwiched by members of the Kansas City defense. Roethlisberger was forced to leave the game after the hit and has not played since.

According to the report, Roethlisberger's ability to play will come down to his arm strength as all other factors are non-issues. If he does end up starting on Sunday, he will wear extra padding (including kevlar) to protect the area around his heart and ribs.

However, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette ominously tweeted on Thursday afternoon that things did not "look good" for Roethlisberger, but did not explain why.

If Roethlisberger is unable to play, backup quarterback Charlie Batch is expected to get the start.

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