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Monday, November 3, 2008
Observing Big Ben


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

LANDOVER, Md. -- Luckily, I have a very good angle to watch quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the Pittsburgh Steelers' sideline from the FedEx Field press box, which is closer to ground level than most NFL stadiums.

Roethlisberger is involved in the game from the sidelines, but based on his body language (which is not official or scientific, mind you) he doesn't appear likely to return.

The team announced his return as questionable but Roethlisberger hasn't moved his shoulder much since coming back to the field in the second half and he doesn't have his helmet anywhere near him, which is usually a sign that he's ready to return. Even third-string/emergency quarterback Dennis Dixon has his helmet on and is staying close to Pittsburgh's offensive coaching staff.

Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich came out for his second straight series in the third quarter. Pittsburgh is winning by 10 points at the moment, and as long as that type of lead sticks, the Steelers likely will not throw Roethlisberger back in.