"Man, I would hope so, but, honestly, I couldn't call it," Wheaton said on NFL HQ, when asked if Big Ben will play.
After watching Roethlisberger return from his sprained MCL to participate in 7-on-7 work during Wednesday's practice, Wheaton told the gang: "He looked good. He looked good. Looked like he hadn't missed a beat, honestly."
While calling Mike Vick an "even-keeled" and "wily vet," it's clear that Wheaton and the rest of this offense miss their starter. After Roethlisberger threw for an average of 349.5 yards over the first two games of the year, Vick has averaged just 145 yards passing over Pittsbirgh's last two tilts. The Steelers are a shadow of themselves with Vick at the controls.
Roethlisberger's arm looked sharp Wednesday, but that isn't the issue: Big Ben acknowledged that he needs to display lateral ability before suiting up on Sunday against a live opponent.