Ben Roethlisberger's status for Sunday's Week 2 game has reportedly been decided. It's good news, Steelers fans.
The Steelers will unfortunately once again be without star running back Le'Veon Bell on Sunday. The All-Pro tailback will continue his holdout for the Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pittsburgh, though, will have its star quarterback. Roethlisberger had missed some practices this week. There were some doubts about Roethlisberger's status, though most expected him to find a way to play on Sunday.
Of course, he has.
ESPN NFL insider Dianna Russini is reporting that Roethlisberger will be playing on Sunday afternoon.
"In case there were any doubts, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will play tomorrow at home against the Chiefs per sources," she reports.
There weren't too many doubts. Roethlisberger is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league. It's not surprising that he'll tough it out and play against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster said Roethlisberger looked good at practice on Friday.
"Obviously, him throwing the ball first day back, he was taking it slow and getting back into it, but eventually it's game day, it's game time," wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster told reporters. "He's going to be out there playing with your boys. I think that's what he's going to do."
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said he looked good, too.
"He looked really good," Pouncey said. "No matter if he's at practice or not, you know how tough he is and the things he plays through. He's motivated to get back out there."
The Steelers provided little other details on Roethlisberger on Friday, though. From ESPN.com:
Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Roethlisberger practiced but declined to comment on details, deferring to the injury report. Roethlisberger declined comment as he left the locker room.
Backup Josh Dobbs, who took first-team reps Wednesday and Thursday, said he returned to his normal workload in light of Roethlisberger's participation and has not been told he's starting. "I will be ready if my number is called," he said.
The Steelers will need him in a major way, obviously. Pittsburgh is coming off a tough season-opening tie against the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger had several brutal turnovers in that Week 1 game. He'll need to take much better care of the ball on Sunday. The Chiefs have a potent offense and any gifts from the Steelers' offense and Roethlisberger in the turnover department would be devastating.
The Steelers and the Chiefs are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be televised on CBS.
An official announcement on the status of Roethlisberger should come at some point later today or on Sunday. Stay tuned.