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The Ravens are preparing for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sprained foot or not.
“We’ll prepare for the Pittsburgh Steeler offense and prepare for the possibilities at quarterback,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “But I’m assuming Ben will be there.”
Roethlisberger suffered a sprained right foot during Sunday’s game in Buffalo, a game the Steelers won partly thanks to an 18-yard third-down scramble by the 6-foot-5 signal-caller in the fourth quarter.
Roethlisberger was limping into the tunnel at halftime, but it wasn’t clear when he suffered the injury. He went 20-of-33 for 246 yards and took five sacks. He didn’t have to be replaced during the game, which included overtime.
“My foot was in the ground and someone was driving me backwards, and my foot couldn’t get out of the ground, so my knee just got bent sideways,” Roethlisberger said, according to ESPN.
The Ravens faced third-string quarterback Charlie Batch when they beat the Steelers, 17-14, in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3. Roethlisberger hasn’t played in two of the last three meetings between the rivals.
Harbaugh said the Ravens will “carry pretty much all” of the game plan from the Week 4 matchup against Batch into this Sunday’s meeting.
“It was just Charlie Batch’s version of the offense,” Harbaugh said. “They still ran the same plays. They may lean in one direction or another more with one quarterback versus another. We know Ben. We know how he applies the offense.”
Harbaugh added that he didn’t think it would be a problem for the Ravens if Batch or backup Byron Leftwich play for the Steelers because Baltimore has faced both players before.