"Man, he looks great, but he's not doing anything," Tomlin said during an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Monday. "He looks awesome, man, but he hasn't been asked to do anything as it pertains to his rehabilitation. The process day-to-day is going great but we're not at a significant crossroad and it's going to be a number of days before we are."
But, as Rooney, Colbert and Tomlin have all stated, Roethlisberger has yet to make significant strides in his rehab since undergoing surgery Sept. 23.
Still, Big Ben is known as one of the league's toughest QBs, having started in at least 11 games in his previous 15 seasons despite dealing with injuries. Keep in mind, he's not that far removed from the 16-game slate he posted in 2018, his first since 2014.
This latest setback is the longest Roethlisberger has ever faced, but Tomlin is confident Steelers Nation will see their leader under center come Week 1.
"I have no hesitation, and I base that opinion on my experience and relationship with him and being around him for the number of years that I have," he said. "This guy is the ultimate competitor. He's dropped the gauntlet down, he's made a statement that he's coming back and I look forward to watching him answer that challenge."
Despite receiver being on the team's list of offseason needs, Tomlin made it clear the team supports A.B. but is not looking to mend fences professionally at this time.
"I'll say this: 'Once a Steeler, always a Steeler,'" he said. "We had great success over the course of nine-plus years with Antonio. We're always going to be interested in his growth and development as a man and we'll be open to assisting him in that but we have no current business interest at this time."