Roethlisberger still starter in Steelers practice
Ben Roethlisberger didn't get the chance to play during the first preseason game, but he resumed his position as the first-team quarterback during Monday's practice.
All 16 of Roethlisberger's 11-on-11 team snaps came with the first team. Byron Leftwich played exclusively with the second team.
Although it may appear to be a good indication of whether or not Roethlisberger will play this weekend against the New York Giants, it actually isn't.
"It's just a normal Monday rotation," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said.
• The running backs went through some extra drills concentrating on ball security, but the fumbling problems continued. Both Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall fumbled during Saturday's preseason game, and Isaac Redman got into the act during 11-on-11 team drills yesterday when he lost the ball while running between the tackles.
• Not practicing were RB Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder), DE Brett Keisel (calf) and RB Dwayne Wright (illness).
• Rookie outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson continued to put together an impressive training camp. Gibson made a leaping, twisting interception of a Leftwich pass intended for Antonio Brown across the middle of the field during 11-on-11. Gibson later used a speed rush in which he dipped his shoulder on veteran right tackle Flozell Adams and was barely touched in getting to the quarterback during lineman drills.
• The wide receivers and cornerbacks spent an entire period working on passing patterns only a few yards from the end zone. Making a couple of nice touchdown catches on offense were Stefan Logan and Isaiah Williams. Anthony Madison and Ike Taylor looked solid on defense.
• The 11-on-11 snap counts for the four quarterbacks after 18 practices are as follows: Dennis Dixon 227, Leftwich 213, Roethlisberger 205, Charlie Batch 59.
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