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Friday, January 30, 2009
Tomlin says Big Ben will play

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said during Friday morning's news conference that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fine for the Super Bowl.
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Mike Tomlin discusses his relationship with his players and their preparation for SB XLIII.

"Ben's fine. He's going to play," Tomlin said.

Roethlisberger was drilled in the back during the AFC Championship Game, and has spent much of his time stretching his torso during practice this week.

Tomlin said he didn't have anything planned to tell the team before the game against the Arizona Cardinals. The coach says that when it comes to motivational speeches, he prefers to "wing it."

Tomlin, anticipating the media's line of questioning on another of his star players, said: "Hines is great."

Ward went through the full one-hour, 50-minute practice in unseasonably cool 55-degree weather. He had suffered a sprained right knee ligament two weeks ago in the AFC championship game but is listed as probable for the Steelers' second Super Bowl in four seasons.

Ward was the Super Bowl MVP three seasons ago and Tomlin says his status for Sunday "never was in question."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.