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Ben Roethlisberger Sends Clear Message About Playing vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 25: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass in the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Ben Roethlisberger's status for Week 3 of the regular season is up in the air at the moment, but make no mistake, he wants to suit up against the Cincinnati Bengals.

During this Wednesday's media session, Roethlisberger told reporters that he's going to do "everything he can" to be in position to play this Sunday. It was announced earlier this week that he's dealing with a left pectoral injury.

Roethlisberger also described when he feels pain from this injury, saying "Typically, when I reach for something outside the framework of my body or, you know, trying to push up off, get off the ground."

If Roethlisberger's body is going to be in pain after every single throw, it'll be tough for him to get through all 60 minutes against the Bengals. On the other hand, he's no stranger to playing through an injury.

Despite sitting out this Wednesday's practice, Roethlisberger remains upbeat about his chances of playing in Week 3.

"Today is only Wednesday," Roethlisberger told reporters. "So we have a lot of time to get ready to go."

Regardless if it's Roethlisberger or Mason Rudolph under center this weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers have to do a better job of protecting their quarterback. Head coach Mike Tomlin admit that Roethlisberger took way too many hits last weekend against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Steelers should have an update on Roethlisberger's status later this week. For now, it's fair to say he's questionable for Sunday's game.