Ben Roethlisberger ruled out vs. Rams
Hensley: Don't rule out Dixon
Starting Charlie Batch over Ben Roethlisberger was the right call, but don't be surprised if we see Dennis Dixon at some point, writes Jamison Hensley. Blog
Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained left ankle and did not practice this week following a 20-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday. He will be replaced by veteran Charlie Batch, who is 4-2 as a spot starter since joining the Steelers in 2003.
Roethlisberger said Wednesday he would prefer to play and believed his ankle was in pretty good shape after throwing for 330 yards and three interceptions against the 49ers. Yet he watched both practices this week in sweat pants as Batch took the snaps with the first team.
Roethlisberger last missed a start due to injury in 2009, when a concussion forced him to sit out a loss to Baltimore.
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