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       === Roethlisberger improving, Batch scheduled to start Sunday ===
 
 Pittsburgh,   PA  (Sports  Network)  -  Pittsburgh  Steelers  quarterback  Ben
 Roethlisberger's availability for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers
 will depend on how he performs in practice this week.
 
 Steelers  coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Charlie Batch is scheduled to
 start Sunday's game.
 
 Roethlisberger,  who  has missed  the last  three games  with rib and shoulder
 injuries, has a chance to prove he is ready to play.
 
 "Ben  is  getting closer  to healthy,"  Tomlin said. "He  threw (Monday) and I
 guess  it could be  described as successfully. We'll see what it looks like on
 the  football field (Wednesday). He will be given an opportunity to prove that
 he is healthy and we will let that progress go from there."
 
 The  Steelers dropped  their first  two  games without  Roethlisberger in  the
 lineup, but bounced back with a win at Baltimore on Sunday.
 
 Tomlin  also  said that cornerback Ike  Taylor could miss several weeks with a
 fractured right ankle. Cortez Allen will start in his place.
 
 In  addition, offensive  tackle Mike  Adams (ankle)  will miss  Sunday's game.
 Guard  Willie  Colon is expected to  return against the Chargers after missing
 the last two games with a knee injury.
 
 
 
 
 12/04 13:09:04 ET