Tomlin confident about decision to put Big Ben back in game after injury
By Scott Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Mike Tomlin said he didn't have any second thoughts about putting Ben Roethlisberger back into the game Monday night after the Steelers quarterback sustained a hip contusion.
Roethlisberger, who tied a team record with five touchdown passes in the Steelers' 38-7 win over the Ravens, will be ready for the Steelers' game Sunday against the Browns at Heinz Field, Tomlin said.
"We fully expect him to play this weekend," Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference.
The win over the Ravens left the Steelers with their share of bumps and bruises. Running back Willie Parker has some inflammation of his knee while fullback Dan Kreider suffered a concussion in the victory that upped the Steelers’ record to 6-2.
Linebackers Arnold Harrison (stinger) and Clint Kriewaldt (calf) also got hurt during the game.
All are expected to play against the Browns, who are just a game behind the Steelers in the AFC North.
The Steelers may also get starting defensive end Aaron Smith and starting free safety Ryan Clark back for the game.
Smith, who has a sprained knee, will try to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Tomlin said, and the Steelers are encouraged by the progress Clark has made while recovering from a spleen condition.
Tight end Jerame Tuman continues to struggle with a back problem and Tomlin said the Steelers haven’t ruled out surgery to correct the problem. The Steelers have been resting Tuman in an attempt to get him healthy and back on the field.
"We've just got to exercise some patients to see how it unfolds," Tomlin said. The Steelers will not look to bring in another tight end if Tuman’s back problems persist, Tomlin said.
He added that he is happy with the job tackle Max Starks has done while lining up as an extra tight end.