The St. Louis Rams will not the only team without their starting quarterback in Week 16. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday that Ben Roethlisberger, their starting quarterback, will not start this week's game against the Rams. Roethlisberger is dealing with a high ankle sprain, the same injury Sam Bradford has struggled to overcome.
Charlie Batch will make the start against the Rams this week. Batch started twice last season in place of Roethlisberger, beating the Buccaneers and narrowly losing to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Rams still have Bradford listed as doubtful, and there's almost no chance that he plays this week. Justin King, Josh Gordy and Chris Long are all listed as questionable, but King is the only one who will miss the game, according to Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch.
Pittsburgh will no doubt lean heavily on running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is averaging a career-low 59.5 yards per game. Of course, they really lean on their defense, and will be looking for that unit to contain a league-worst Rams offense.
Linebacker James Harrison returns from a one-game suspension this week. Eddie has more on the frightening matchup between Harrison, the Rams offensive line and Kellen Clemens in a post slated for 2 p.m. Central.