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Insider Only Roethlisberger likely out for Sunday’s game; Steelers release Shaun McDonald

Star quarterback expected to miss Sunday’s game
Despite being a full participant in three straight practices, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely won’t play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
Roethlisberger was evaluated by the Steelers medical staff this morning prior to the Steelers walk-through, after suffering increased headaches following Thursday’s practice. Therefore, the Steelers likely won’t let Roethlisberger suit up, paving the way for Dennis Dixon to make his 1st career start.
Jay Glazer of first reported that Roethlisberger would not play but indications are Roethlisberger will be evaluated one last time by team doctors tomorrow morning in Baltimore.
Roethlisberger claimed this week, “I’ve taken a thousand tests and passed them all with flying colors,” he said. “(So) I’m not worried because we have the best doctors. If I can go out and pass thousands of these tests and show that I’m fine, then I’m not worried about it.”
With Roethlisberger likely out, backing up Dennis Dixon will be Tyler Palko who is expected to be activated to the Steelers 53 man roster. To make room for Palko, the Steelers informed veteran wide receiver Shaun McDonald that he has been released.
Pittsburgh heads into Baltimore in a nightmare situation with Dennis Dixon apparently set to make his 1st career start and Tyler Palko a snap away from being on the field.

Roethlisberger though is still regarded as questionable by the team. Team officials have not confirmed that Roethlisberger won’t play, as the Steelers will depart for Baltimore this afternoon. Still as of this afternoon, the growing consensus is that Roethlisberger won’t be playing but with Roethlisberger you just never know.
There could be another turn of events tomorrow morning when he is evaluated again.

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