The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to play quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during their third preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
Head coach Mike Tomlin laughed as he joked, "I surprised you with that answer, didn't I?" The humor came after the final question of Tomlin's post-game press conference in Philadelphia when he confirmed Roethlisberger is expected to play next weekend.
Roethlisberger, 39, hasn't played in the team's first two games. Mason Rudolph has started against the Dallas Cowboys and Eagles, with Dwayne Haskins and Josh Dobbs playing behind him.
The Steelers played four of their five starting offensive linemen against the Eagles. Right tackle Zach Banner should be another member of the starting lineup making his debut against Detroit.
The Steelers will play the Lions on Sat. Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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