Steelers Coach Confirms Ben Roethlisberger Will Play With Thumb Injury

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Robert Geathers #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals sacks Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during play at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs primetime tour continues as they'll host the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC's Sunday Night Football next week, which means another nationally televised game with the backup quarterback.

The Steelers will not be playing with their backup quarterback -- although QB Ben Roethlisberger is hurt. Last week the Steelers were on a bye and we noted that Roethlisberger had a crack in this thumb but it wasn't expected to stop him from playing.

This week Mike Tomlin spoke with the press and confirmed that they expect Roethlisberger to play.

"He is going to be able to play," Tomlin said, per the Steelers website. "Right now it is unknown how it's going to affect him and his play. We are going to sort through those things as we practice. He practiced in a limited capacity yesterday. Those of us that know Ben know he is going to show for his teammates and the standard will be the standard in terms of his performance."

It seems like he's always banged up yet he always plays. I wouldn't expect this injury to be the dealbreaker in terms of the Chiefs winning or losing because he's beat up all the time, yet the Steelers keep winning.

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