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Default Steelers in No Hurry to Get Roethlisberger on Field

Natural consequences can be bad. But payback is hell.

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The N.F.L. told the Pittsburgh Steelers that Roethlisberger, their star quarterback, could play in all of their preseason games before his suspension, but that does not mean the team plans to let him.

Roethlisberger never warmed up, put his helmet on or stepped into the huddle on Saturday night as the Steelers beat the Detroit Lions, 23-7.

Because Coach Mike Tomlin planned to play his starters only 8 to 12 snaps, or about as long as the defensive regulars were in the game, he started Byron Leftwich and gave Roethlisberger the night off.

Roethlisberger lobbied to get in the game, but Tomlin had already made up his mind.

“Ben is going to have opportunities to play in the preseason,” Tomlin said. “But with the number of snaps that we anticipated the first offense running, it just wasn’t appropriate to play him.”

The only time Roethlisberger was on the field, except during warm-ups, was for the pregame coin toss. The Steelers will not choose their captains until the end of the preseason, so Tomlin retained the captains who ended last season, including Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger is expected to play Saturday against the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium — where he will probably receive a far less receptive response than he did at Heinz Field — and against the Broncos on Aug. 29 at Denver. But since Pittsburgh’s starters normally play only a few snaps in the final preseason game, Roethlisberger may also sit out Sept. 2 against Carolina at Heinz Field.
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