Posted December 22, 2011

Report: Steelers May Choose To Rest Ben Roethlisberger

NFL

Despite Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s willingness to play on his inured ankle, the club’s front office is believed to be planning to rest the Pro-Bowl quarterback this weekend against the St. Louis Rams, according to NFL.com.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to reveal his decision on whether or not he will start the quarterback who is suffering from a lingering ankle injury. Roethlisberger did start on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, a decision that was deemed questionable by many. Roethlisberger threw for 330 yards and three interceptions in the 20-3 Steelers loss.

“I’ve said many times I want to go and I’ll try and be … ready to go,”  Roethlisberger told NFL.com.

In the likely event that Tomlin does not start Roethlisberger, longtime backup Charlie Batch will get the start against the 2-12 Rams.

Batch started two games for the Steelers in 2010 as a result of Roethlisberger’s suspension. In total, he threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.