Titans will miss Roethlisberger

April, 21, 2010
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported that Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended four to six games.

That will have directly impact one AFC South team: The Tennessee Titans host the Steelers on Week 2 on Sept. 19.

Instead of dealing with Roethlisberger, they will face Dennis Dixon or Byron Leftwich.

That’s a better deal on an NFL Sunday for sure.

But while Roethlisberger led the Steelers to an overtime win in the NFL’s season opener against the Titans last year, his line wasn’t phenomenal: Roethlisberger connected on 33-of-43 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times.

I expect the Tennessee defense the Steelers see this time around will feature six new starters.

Kyle Vanden Bosch is now with Detroit; Jevon Kearse and Nick Harper are free agents they won’t re-sign; Keith Bulluck is a free agent coming off a blown out knee I don’t expect them to re-sign; Jovan Haye should rank behind Jason Jones or Sen'Derrick Marks as well as Tony Brown; and banged up David Thornton's starting slot is in jeopardy.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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