Roethlisberger not expected to play against Panthers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise quarterback won't be participating in the team's fourth and final preseason game this Thursday when they host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be a part of the team's plans heading into the fourth and final preseason game Thursday against the Carolina Panthers.

According to Scott Brown of and other sources, the Steelers' signal caller is not expecting to play at all Thursday night and has already begun watching film of the Cleveland Browns, who the Steelers open the regular season against in Week 1.

Roethlisberger most likely won't be alone in terms of players that will be given the night off to let the reserves prove their worth to the coaches and the organization.

It is typical that starting quarterbacks don't play much, if at all, in the final preseason game, but after the Steelers' outing against the Philadelphia Eagles, there was always a chance that the team would have Roethlisberger orchestrate a drive or two.

With news that Panthers' starting quarterback Cam Newton also missing the game Thursday, the matchup between the Steelers and Panthers just turned into Bruce Gradkowski and Derek Anderson. Be sure to set your DVRs.

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