Big Ben should play vs. Ravens despite head injury

The Steelers were very enthused by the progress made by QB Ben Roethlisberger after he suffered a head injury late in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Chiefs and expect him to play against the Ravens this weekend, according to a league source.

It would take some sort of unforeseen and highly unlikely setback for Roethlisberger not to play this Sunday, and he’s expected to practice regularly this week.

“He’ll be fine,” the source said.

The Steelers will learn Tuesday whether backup QB Charlie Batch will be out for the season. He will have wrist surgery, according to a source, with the outcome likely to be that he will miss the rest of the season, although it isn’t certain.

The Steelers have been assessing their options at quarterback, but they are very high on third-stringer Dennis Dixon. If they do place Batch on injured reserve, the Steelers will sign a youngster to add to the roster, according to a source, as a developmental quarterback.

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