Pittsburgh Steelers officials reportedly “would be shocked” if injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start this Saturday against the St. Louis Rams, NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora tweeted.
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.
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. The Steelers are 10-4 on the season, tied for first in the NFC North with the Baltimore Ravens.