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                 === Tomlin: Roethlisberger to start Sunday ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (Sports Network) -  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that
 quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger will start Sunday's game against the San Diego
 Chargers.
 
 Roethlisberger  practiced for  the second straight day on Thursday, and Tomlin
 is  very comfortable  with  him  returning to  action  following a  three-game
 absence.
 
 Roethlisberger  suffered rib  and  shoulder injuries  in a  Week  10 home  win
 against Kansas City.
 
 Byron  Leftwich  replaced Roethlisberger  the following  week and finished the
 club's home loss to Baltimore despite suffering a rib fracture.
 
 Veteran  signal-caller Charlie Batch  took over the reins in a Nov. 25 loss at
 Cleveland,  then  directed  a  fourth-quarter comeback  this  past  Sunday  at
 Baltimore.
 
 
 
 12/06 16:07:28 ET