Ben Roethlisberger announced to the world today that he had suffered a "setback" in Sunday's 13-9 win at Cleveland.
Roethlisberger said the setback put him back a week in his recovery from a high ankle sprain. Even at that, however, playing Roethlisberger in Cleveland was the right move for Mike Tomlin to make.
Had Roethlisberger sat out the game against the Browns, he would have gone into Sunday's game at Denver not having played in three weeks.
That's too much inactivity and the Steelers may not have been able to handle the quarter or half it took for Roethlisberger to shake off the cobwebs.
In addition, had the Steelers started Charlie Batch and lost at Cleveland - and Cincinnati had beaten Baltimore – the Steelers would have looked pretty silly for not starting Roethlisberger, who was feeling good before the game against the Browns.
As it is, Roethlisberger said he feels as good now as he did prior to the game against St. Louis. That's better than he felt before the game at San Francisco.
© There's an undercurrent in the Pittsburgh locker room that Tim Tebow is getting too much attention this week.
Nobody is going to come right out and say it, but it's there if you read between the lines.
The Steelers feel like the Broncos defense has been winning games for the Broncos, not Tebow. They'll get a chance to end the Tebow mystique on Sunday.
© Isaac Redman said he's going to be a full-time back this week, playing all three downs.
That will change some next week if Mewelde Moore gets back, but rookie John Clay isn't going to help on third down at all.
And the Steelers will need Redman's third-down blocking as much as anything to help slow Denver's pass rush.