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The Steelers have reason to wait for Ben Roethlisberger to get well

Ben Roethlisberger


The Steelers want to be careful with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and make sure his knee injury is truly healed before they put him back on the field.

Part of that is basic human decency, and part of it is pragmatic — as he kind of stinks when he hurries himself back from injury.

According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN (it’s nice when they share), Roethlisberger is 2-4 in his first game back after injuries, averaging 191 passing yards per game with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

So while it’s charming that he’s tough and gritty and wants to play, he’s clearly better when he feels better.

There seems to be little rush to put him back on the field against the Cardinals despite his presence on the practice field this week, and with Michael Vick playing acceptably well in Monday’s win over the Chargers, there’s not the desperation that exists in Dallas and other places where a bad backup can torpedo a season.