Steelers’ Roethlisberger to Return After Missing Three Games

Ben Roethlisberger will start at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the San Diego Chargers after missing three games with shoulder and rib injuries.

Roethlisberger suffered a strained throwing shoulder and dislocated a rib during the Steelers’ Nov. 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers (7-5) lost two of three games during his absence, with Byron Leftwich making one start and Charlie Batch the next two after Leftwich fractured a rib.

Roethlisberger, 30, practiced today for the second straight day and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he’s confident about Roethlisberger being ready to return.

“The only question we can’t answer is taking a hit,” Tomlin said, according to the team’s website. “Obviously that will be answered in the stadium on Sunday.”

Roethlisberger had thrown for 2,287 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions before the injury. He’s the sixth-rated quarterback in the National Football League.

The Steelers are two games behind the first-place Baltimore Ravens (9-3) in the American Football Conference’s North Division and in position for one of the AFC’s two wild card playoff berths with four regular-season games left.

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