Steelers QB Roethlisberger testing hurt shoulder

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The game’s importance is not lost on Roethlisberger, who will wear “juiced up” pads to protect his shoulder, though doctors have told him the dislocated rib no longer poses a threat to his aorta.

That’s welcome news for a guy in the first days of fatherhood. Roethlisberger called being a dad “pretty cool” and while he’s enjoyed the time at home, he’s also eager to go back to his job. If he doesn’t play on Sunday he’ll do what he’s done the last two weeks and stand on the sideline _ earbuds in place _ and provide the kind of insight Batch has imparted on him so many times though the years.

“It’s hard for me,” Roethlisberger said. “You watched me during these games. I’ve been on the field more than most of the coaches because I’m just antsy to get out there.”

That anxiousness, however, figures to be around for at least another week.

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NOTES: While Roethlisberger is doubtful, S Troy Polamalu appears ready to play for the first time since Oct. 7. Polamalu practiced for the second straight day and barring a setback should be on the field in Baltimore. Polamalu has been limited to just five quarters all season due to a strained right calf … Rookie G David DeCastro continued to make progress in his first week on the active roster after recovering from right knee surgery in August. Haley said he expects DeCastro to make an impact on the field before the end of the season.

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