New Castle News

December 19, 2011

Steelers back in first, Roethlisberger to start

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Merry Christmas, Steelers fans!

You’ve received a pair of huge gifts within a matter of hours yesterday.

First, the Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start against the San Francisco 49ers in tonight’s “Monday Night Football” matchup.

Later last night, the San Diego Chargers blasted the Baltimore Ravens, 34-14, to vault the Steelers back into first place in the AFC North.

If Pittsburgh can manage to win its last three games, the Steelers would have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger has a Grade I ankle sprain and didn't practice until Saturday, and even then on a limited basis. But he moved around well enough to convince the coaches and medical staff he is able to play.

Today’s game will air at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.