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Report: Roethlisberger may not be ready for Sunday return

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Ben Roethlisberger's chances of playing Sunday aren't looking real good.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has practiced the past two days while he attempts to recover from a sprain in his right shoulder area that he suffered three weeks ago, but he's still regaining his strength in that area, NFL.com reported.

Veteran backup Charlie Batch started last Sunday's loss to Cleveland and it appears he'll get the nod again this week despite a less-than-stellar performance that included three interceptions and no touchdown passes.

Roethlisberger said Thursday that he had confidence in Batch playing well Sunday against Baltimore.

"I firmly believe that," Roethlisberger said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They know what he's capable of. He's been doing it a long time. They respect him. I think he's ready to rise to the occasion."
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