Tomlin: 'Status quo' on Roethlisberger situation
Monday, August 30, 2010
By Robert Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With cuts looming on Tuesday and their final preseason game at home on Thursday, the Steelers won't spend much time dwelling on Sunday night's loss to the Broncos. Which is mercifully a good thing.

"We've got a short week," coach Mike Tomlin said today at his regularly scheduled news conference. "This is a big game for a lot of men, not just on our team but around the league."

Tomlin and his staff were meeting this afternoon to decide on which quarterbacks will get playing time and in what order, but there is no firm plan yet as to who would play and for how long against the Carolina Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field.

"I have no idea," Tomlin said.

He said he had not heard anything from the commissioner's office about the resolution of the situation involving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for four to six weeks for violating league policy concerning personal behavior.

"As far as I know, it's status quo. I've heard nothing," Tomlin said. I don't have any interesting insights to the Ben situation."

After Thursday's game, Roethlisberger cannot be involved in any team activities until his suspension is completed. He started Sunday's game and played the first quarter before giving way to Dennis Dixon, Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch.

Among the few bright spots in the 34-17 loss to the Broncos were center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and rookie running back Jonathon Dwyer.

Tomlin noted that a number of players did not take advantage of their opportunities against Denver, and while there's still a chance to impress the coaches, the Steelers will take a look at other players as well.

"They're going to get another opportunity. But some other guys are going to get an opportunity too," the coach said. "That's what the preseason is all about."

Tomlin also said that linebacker James Farrior is "fine" after requiring six stitches to close a cut suffered when his helmet was knocked off

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