“Until the ball is snapped, I’m still preparing as if he’s playing,” said the reigning
The Steelers, who already named
Pittsburgh is 0-4 against the Ravens without Roethlisberger under center, but 9-5 with the organization's first pick in the 2004 draft. The Steelers averaged just 16.3 points in those four losses without Roethlisberger, but dropped three of those contests by a field goal each and the other by six points.
The absence of Roethlisberger could remove some of the luster from Sunday night's showdown.
“I wouldn’t say that you’re necessarily disappointed when you find out those guys aren’t playing, but at the same time, you do want to go out there and beat what you believe is a very good opponent when they’re at their best, so that you can say you’re better than them, and they don’t have any excuses,” Ravens quarterback
And Pittsburgh shouldn’t expect much sympathy from the Ravens, who have played the last three games without a pair of defensive starters in inside linebacker