The fate of the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ playoff hopes may rest in the rib cage of their injured QB Ben Roethlisberger, who’s serious rib injury was projected to knock him out for at least three games. That may not be the though, as CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Roethlisberger is expected back for Week 13 when they host the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens. A win vs. Baltimore could put the Steelers right back into a tie with the Ravens for the division lead in
In the meantime, third-string QB Charlie Batch will start against the Browns on Sunday, as second string Byron Leftwhich is also suffering from a rib injury he suffered in the teams’ Week 11 loss to the Ravens.
This news is very significant for the Bengals who are looking to overtake Pitt for one of the two Wild Card spots, and it now appears very likely he’ll be ready when the two teams meet in Week 16 when the Bengals head to Pittsburgh and what may turn out to be a regular-season playoff game of sorts.