National Football League

         === Batch set to start again for Steelers; Big Ben throws ===
 Pittsburgh,  PA (Sports  Network) - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said
 Charlie  Batch  will most likely  remain his starting quarterback for Sunday's
 game  against  Baltimore, but  didn't rule the  injured Ben Roethlisberger out
 just yet.
 Roethlisberger  has missed  the last two games with shoulder and rib injuries,
 but Tomlin said Tuesday the veteran began throwing on Monday.
 "We'll  leave  the  door open  for  him,"  Tomlin  said  at his  Tuesday  news
 conference. "He's got a chance."
 Barring  an unforeseen stirring recovery, though, Batch will start against the
 Ravens  as  the Steelers try to  put the brakes  on a two-game skid that began
 with a loss to Baltimore two Sundays ago when Byron Leftwich made the start in
 place  of the  injured Roethlisberger. Leftwich suffered a rib fracture in the
 loss to the Ravens, opening the door for Batch.
 The  Steelers committed eight turnovers in Batch's start this past Sunday in a
 loss to Cleveland.
 "Right  now, Charlie  Batch is our quarterback," Tomlin added. "We are working
 offensively  to  put together a plan  to complement his strengths. That is our
 plan until otherwise."
 Tomlin  also said Jonathan Dwyer has been elevated to first-team running back,
 followed  by Isaac  Redman and Rashard Mendenhall. In addition, the coach said
 safety  Troy Polamalu  is slated to practice this week and could return Sunday
 after missing seven games and eight of the last nine with a calf injury.
 Linebacker  LaMarr Woodley, who exited against Cleveland with an ankle injury,
 is  considered  doubtful for  Sunday, while offensive  tackle Mike Adams won't
 play because of an ankle issue he sustained against the Browns.
 11/27 13:38:35 ET

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