Yes, I'm still writing about Ben Roethlisberger. That's what happens when a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback gets hurt. It's what we refer to in the biz as Big News. If you want to talk about other things not related to Big Ben, you can stop by the AFC North weekly chat today. It will start at 4 p.m. Here's your wake-up call, which I will warn you includes a heavy dose of No.7 from the Steelers ...
RAVENS: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger (rib, shoulder) won't play this week, but linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn't necessarily believe his division rival. “Until the ball is snapped, I'm still preparing as if he's playing," Suggs said, via The Baltimore Sun. “Like I said, I saw the guy play on a broken ankle when he came down here, and we even broke his nose, and the guy continued to play, and if you all recall, it didn’t pan out too good for us at the end of that game. So like I said, until that ball is snapped when we’re on the field and [the Ravens offense is] off the field, I’m not ruling him out. You can never question this guy’s toughness. Guys like that are what this game is about.”
STEELERS: Speaking of Tomlin, he sidestepped the question about whether Roethlisberger would return this season. "I live in the present," Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He is out this week." Asked if he would return this season, the coach answered, "Next question." Roethlisberger said he didn't think this injury would end his season. If Tomlin had given a timetable, I'm not sure how many would believe him. He told reporters Tuesday that Roethlisberger was questionable, and the franchise's all-time leading passer was declared out just a day later.
BENGALS: Ray Lewis isn't the only inside linebacker in the division who shed some weight. The Bengals' Rey Maualuga said he has lost 20 pounds over the course of the regular season, going from 265 pounds to 245. Getting in better shape has allowed him to become more effective recently. Maualuga had 13 tackles (11 solo) against the Giants. “I think it is his best game since he’s been here," linebackers coach Paul Guenther told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Certainly as (middle linebacker). He played some good games as a rookie at (outside linebacker). Overall, there was very little error. He made good plays and covered well.”
BROWNS: Coming off the bye, coach Pat Shurmur didn't hesitate when asked where rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden needs to improve the most. "Don't throw interceptions," Shurmur said, via the Associated Press. "Done. End story. I want to be right to the point." Weeden has thrown 12 interceptions, tied for the NFL's second-highest total. The only quarterback who has thrown more interceptions this year is the Cowboys' Tony Romo, who plays the Browns on Sunday. Weeden acknowledged that he has to play better. "I'm not a moron," he said.