Roethlisberger: "I'll do everything I can to be out there"
Checking in with Big Ben and elsewhere in the Ravens’ division:
*Steelers: After a limited practice on Thursday, Ben Roethlisberger did not sound like a man ready to get back at quarterback soon. His injured right shoulder has left him unable to throw his usual ball, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
"I'm going to be honest with Coach, and I think he trusts me to be honest with him," Roethlisberger said. "I'm not going to go out there and tell him I feel great if I don't.
"Can I make a long throw? Can I put a lot of zip on the ball, throw it really hard before people like Ed Reed and defenders can get to the ball? Because if I can't, then I'm not putting this team in the best situation to win the game."
*Browns: Remember this phrase: “directionally correct.” That’s how new Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslum described the state of his team in an interview with The Plain Dealer.
Haslum also didn’t commit one way or the other to coach Pat Shurmur and his staff. And maybe it’s being a rookie owner, but by his math, Haslum has the Browns close to a winning record.
“We're 3-8, but if you went back through the season, I could make a case where we could easily be 6-5,” he said. “Dallas, Philly, Indy are all games I think we should've won. If we win those three games, we're 6-5 and in the hunt for the playoffs, right? We're very close. We weren't competitive against the Giants after jumping off to an early lead, but every other game we've been in in the fourth quarter. As you know, some of them have gone down to the last minute or two.”
*Bengals: Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and quarterback Andy Dalton are in a committed relationship. That’s why Whitworth went after the Raiders’ Lamarr Houston for roughing up Dalton on Sunday, ending up getting tossed from the game.
“I’ve got two contracts in my life,” Whitworth said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “One, with my wife because we’re married. And, two, I’ve got a contract to protect Andy Dalton. I’ll do both of those to the best of my ability.”
“I got hit late, and Whit did a good job sticking up for me,” Dalton said on the NFL Network. “You love the passion he plays with and you love the aggressiveness he has. … I definitely told him, ‘Thanks for sticking up for me.’ … It’s always good to have teammates like that.”