During his weekly news conference, though, Tomlin also indicated the Steelers are prepared in case it's too soon for Roethlisberger to return, saying: "Right now,
Roethlisberger has been dealing with rib and shoulder injuries since being hurt in an overtime win over the
However, Roethlisberger has not been ruled out for this week's game and it appears there's a chance he could be in the mix for Sunday based on his coach's comments.
"Ben threw the ball," Tomlin said. "He'll take steps maybe toward playing this week. We'll leave that door open. He's got a chance."
Roethlisberger's injury to his throwing shoulder has always been characterized as a three-week injury, at minimum.
As for the throwing session, Tomlin replied: "I didn't really learn much. I was just informed he threw. It was a step in the right direction. We'll let the results of that work lead us to where we potentially will go."
Roethlisberger is known for having a high pain threshold and once played with a
"I've got relationships with these guys," Tomlin said. "What they show is the key element. He's not going to be allowed to play unless he shows us he's capable of it."
Meanwhile, wide receiver
And rookie offensive tackle
Tomlin is still upset about the Steelers' eight turnovers in a loss to the
"It was a failure," he said. "Very rarely do you lose a game and can point to a few ares of failure for why you lost, but we turned the ball over and were penalized on offense. We talked all week about being backup quarterback friendly.
"Those things aren't quarterback friendly. I chiefly accept responsibility for the lack of ball security. That eliminated any chance for rhythm and success. It's quite amazing that we only lost by six points. Fumbling is unacceptable."
As for the Ravens, who are coming off a dramatic 16-13 overtime victory over the
"Ray is a special guy for all situations, 4th-and-29, that's a special football play," Tomlin said. "It highlights not only his football abilities, but their belief in one another. The type of block from