November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) carries the ball against Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger to start Sunday vs. Chargers


Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been deemed good to go and will get the start under center on Sunday as the Steelers play host to the San Diego Chargers.

November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) stands on the sidelines during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin made the announcement after Thursday’s practice, Roethlisberger’s second consecutive pain free practice.

“Really, the only question we can’t answer is taking a hit,” Tomlin said after practice. “Obviously that will be answered in the stadium on Sunday.”

“I am extremely comfortable with his ability to work the field both vertically and horizontally. He has great velocity on his ball. We’re ready to go.”

Roethlisberger’s return is welcome news, as the Steelers went only 1-2 while the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was sidelined.

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley chimed in saying Big Ben moved around good and had no problems making all the throws he needs to make.

“I’m good enough to get out there,” Roethlisberger told USA TODAY Sports after Thursday’s practice. “I felt good.”

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