Indianapolis defensive coordinator Ted Monachino was hired in the off-season after spending the past six years as a linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens. The Colts already ran an attacking 3-4 scheme before Monachino's arrival, and he's since implemented several Ravens-based concepts.
While it may seem like bad news for Big Ben owners, the story goes on to say for as much as the Colts defense resembles Baltimore in tendencies, it lacks in production. The Ravens are second in the league in total defense, but the Colts are 30th, giving up a league-worst 284 passing yards-per-game. Roethlisberger has torched Indianapolis over the last two seasons, finishing with a combined 886 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in two lopsided wins.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm
Heyward-Bey bent over to his left side, removed his helmet and grabbed at the back of his right knee. A trainer hurried onto the field and examined the Steelers wide receiver's right ankle.
The receiver put no weight on his right leg, dangling his foot as he limped off the field. He was eventually carted to the locker room, the story said.
Steelers have not yet decided which QB will start Sunday at Baltimore, per league sources. It is expected to be "a true gameday decision."
Big Ben practiced limited all week but is expected to play. Jones would go if for some reason the team decides to hold Roethlisberger back. The good news for owners is this is an early afternoon game so be sure to look for our last-minute, need-to-know information leading up to the early kickoffs.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 9. Roethlisberger is on track to play, though it’s a tough matchup against the Ravens. Roethlisberger has one passing touchdown in his last three trips to Baltimore, and his home/away splits are pretty stark.
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:12pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Roethlisberger is on track to play, though it’s a tough matchup against the Ravens. Roethlisberger has one passing touchdown in his last three trips to Baltimore.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Roethlisberger is on track to play, though it’s a tough matchup against the Ravens. Roethlisberger has one passing touchdown in his last three trips to Baltimore.
“That's always the goal,” he said. “It's AFC North football. It's Baltimore. I want to be out there. I always want to be out there. You have to be cautious of looking too far ahead. ... You don't know how (the knee) is going to react to extra work that we're going to try to do (in practice Wednesday).”
Roethlisberger ran the no-huddle offense at the beginning of Monday's workout. Teammates said he looked good and looked like himself but also seemed to suggest they didn't think he'd return that quick. Sounds like the key will be how his knee reacts to practice the day after as the week goes on.
Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers will let the players' "reaction" to work in practice this week and the quality of that work guide the team's decision on whether they will play Sunday.
Asked whether Ben Roethlisberger might dress as the backup if he doesn't start Sunday, Tomlin said "all the cards are on the table" for the players he listed.
Tomlin said he thought Roethlisberger's practice Monday was "generally positive." Roethlisberger took some first-team reps.
Roethlisberger had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee Oct. 17. Doctors initially told the Steelers that Roethlisberger's knee surgery would sideline him four to six weeks, however we had a report that said that timetable came from Ben himself. Week 9 was never really ruled out for a return, but owners will just have to sit tight on a decision, which likely comes later in the week.
Roethlisberger, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on Oct. 17, moved well in the pocket and threw with authority while running the no-huddle offense, right tackle Marcus Gilbert said.
"Ben looked really good," Gilbert said. "Ben is a competitor. Never count him out. We're optimistic where he stands right now. As far as him being healthy, 100 percent, that's where I want him to be. Seeing that is very encouraging."
Related players: Landry Jones
The Steelers (4-3) will prepare Landry Jones for his second consecutive start in case Roethlisberger can't play, but we've reported for a couple of weeks now that Big Ben may have played up the timetable so he can make an early return. There are reports the team expected him back for Week 9 and based on this article, that's still certainly a possibility.
Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan that he did individual work a little more than a week after he had surgery on the injured meniscus in his knee. He also said that he hopes to return to play against the Ravens in Week 9, something that he thinks would require getting in a fuller practice session in the days leading up to the game.
Reports have been all over the place and fall between 2-6 weeks for a Roethlisberger return. Our sources in Pittsburgh indicated last week that Ben likes to talk up an injury's timeline so that he looks "tough" upon his early return. Our source said the 4-6 timeframe came from Ben, while recently team president Art Rooney II called for a 2-3 timeline which would bring him back for Week 9.
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:06pm
Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Reports came out earlier this week that Roethlisberger is going to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery, but our source in Pittsburgh believes that he’s “playing up” the injury to look “tough” when he returns in Week 9 after the team’s bye. We’re recommending that owners stream the position and not cut ties with Roethlisberger until we see how his recovery is going around Week 9.
- Page 1