"He has been above the line in all areas," Tomlin said in a statement released by the Steelers. "Really, the only question we can't answer is taking a hit. Obviously that will be answered in the stadium on Sunday.
"I am extremely comfortable with his ability to work the field both vertically and horizontally. He has great velocity on his ball. We're ready to go."
The Steelers stopped the bleeding and potentially saved their season with last Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens. They have Charlie Batch and a scrappy defense to thank for that, but there's no question how different this team is with Roethlisberger under center. His return cannot come soon enough; the Steelers just hope it's not too late.
UPDATE: Roethlisberger said last week that his shoulder pads had been "juiced up" by the team trainers. He will play with a custom fit rib/chest compression shirt and a layer of Kevlar-lined composite in his shoulder pads, The Associated Press reported, to help absorb hits to his clavicle and shoulder joint regions.