Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should be fit to play on Sunday despite suffering a left foot sprain though linebacker James Harrison is likely to be sidelined for several weeks.
Coach Mike Tomlin received the doctor’s review of his banged-up squad on Tuesday after a 17-10 loss to Houston last week and said his defending American Conference champions must play better than they have in a 2-2 start to the season.
“We understand that we are capable of playing better. We expect to play better,” Tomlin said. “We know where the solutions lie, of course — within us and how we prepare and ultimately how we perform.”
Roethlisberger hurt his left foot late in the game against Houston but an MRI showed no bone breaks for “Big Ben”, giving Tomlin confidence his top passer will be on the field when the Steelers host the Tennessee Titans (3-1) on Sunday.
Harrison, however, will need surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone and will be out “for a number of weeks,” Tomlin said.
Lawrence Timmons will shift positions to fill in for Harrison with reserve Larry Foote replacing Timmons.
Harrison, voted the NFL’s best defensive player in 2008, suffered the injury on Sunday when a pad in his helmet dislodged and struck him in the eye when he slammed into a Houston player.