Just two days after coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that he doesn't "spend a lot of time dwelling" on the issue, team president Art Rooney II told NFL Network's Steve Wyche that he expects Roethlisberger to play this season.
Rooney added that he has personally spoken to Roethlisberger, as have Tomlin and other members of the Steelers organization.
"I certainly expect him to be back," Rooney said on Tuesday's edition of Up to the Minute Live. "I think it was mostly frustration of coming out of a tough loss in the AFC Championship Game.
"But by the same token, Ben's at the stage of his career where he owes it to himself to evaluate where he is and how long he's going to go."