Roethlisberger probable to start at Indianapolis

Updated: November 22, 2005, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers expect to have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback Monday night at Indianapolis.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat
130 79 1111 11 2 112.4

Roethlisberger has missed three games after having knee surgery Nov. 3 but is listed as probable for the Steelers' third Monday night game in eight weeks. That means there's a 75 percent chance he will play. With Roethlisberger out, the Steelers beat Green Bay and Cleveland with Charlie Batch at quarterback. But when Batch broke a bone in his hand, Tommy Maddox stepped in and was ineffective in a 16-13 overtime loss Sunday in Baltimore.

The Steelers are 7-3, but are 0-2 when Maddox starts.

Pittsburgh's first loss in five weeks left the Steelers three games behind the unbeaten Colts in the race for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Steelers and Bengalsare tied for the AFC North lead, with the Bengals playing Baltimore this weekend.


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