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Big Ben Takes the Bench

By Michael Bearak     Nov 28, 2009 in Sports
After practicing all week with the team Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be leading the Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
ESPN is reporting that Ben Roethlisberger will not be playing this weekend when the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens. Last weekend Roethlisberger suffered his fourth concussion of his career. Many questioned whether or not it would be wise for Big Ben to take the field, but he assured everyone that the Steelers had the best doctors and if he didn't pass the series of tests required post-concussion then he wouldn't be cleared to play.
In Roethlisbergers' absence, former Oregon Duck Dennis Dixon will lead the Steelers against the Ravens in the Sunday night game. Dixon was the third option, but Charlie Batch broken his wrist last week against Kansas City after Roethlisberger was knocked out with his concussion.
Dixon in his second year in the NFL has only completed one pass, the only pass he attempted thus far for a total of 3 yards. Dixon's only experience came last year against the Cleveland Browns when Roethlisberger was also knocked out with a concussion.
Fox's Joe Glazer reports that the Steelers benched Big Ben because he was experiencing exercise-induced headaches. This is contrary to what Roethlisberger was saying to ESPN that he had reservations and together with the coaching staff they decided he shouldn't play.
The Steelers plan to rely on the running game more so than Dixon's passing abilities. Dixon was a high powered running quarterback while at the University of Oregon, but NFL teams do not want to risk injuries to their quarterbacks by allowing them to be that mobile. Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker will handle the running duties for the Steelers tomorrow. Parker has 218 yards on 67 attempts and Mendehall 689 yards on 134 attempts.
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