Ben Roethlisberger Back On The Practice Field With Steeler Teammates

June 2nd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Embattled Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined his teammates on the practice field on Tuesday and threw to his receivers for the first time in over a month.

“He’s been working hard at home,” remarked Steeler defensive end Brett Keisel. “He wants to be great this year. So, hopefully, he will.”

After the conclusion of the practice session, Roethlisberger was not available to the media and did not field any questions.

Roethlisberger will endure a six-game suspension at the beginning of the 2010 NFL season following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old college student in a night club in Milledgeville, Ga back in March.

While no charges were formally filed, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell determined that the quarterback was in violation of the league’s conduct policy.

On the practice field however, the same sentiments echoed throughout the Steelers who were available to the media, saying that they were happy for Roethlisberger to be back, but would like to stop answering questions about the quarterback’s situation and move forward.

“We’re all trying to get over this. I think we’re all already over this, we want to get ready for the season,” remarked offensive lineman Willie Colon, who was with Roethlisberger on the night in question. “We’ve got a lot of people we got to knock down. Our focus is being world champs again, and that’s where we’re all headed to.”

The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback took snaps with the starters during a 90-minute practice session as Byron Leftwich was not present due to a prior commitment.

Roethlisberger’s teammates made note of the shape that the quarterback was in, losing a good amount of weight.

“He’s been on the treadmill a little bit,” Colon remarked of his quarterback. “He’s trying to get a beach body on.”

Roethlisberger looked sharp, connecting on several long passes to receivers Mike Wallace and Arnaz Battle.

“He’s a man and everybody makes mistakes. I just feel like he’s the leader of our team. Anytime he comes back we accept him for who he is,” Wallace said after the practice.

Throughout the duration of training camp, both Roethlisberger and Leftwich will most likely split the snaps with the starters.

The Steelers also have Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon on the quarterback roster.

“It’s very delicate and I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” remarked receiver Antwan Randle El said. “It’s a tricky situation. But you’ve got to come up with a plan and work it.”

“Anytime you go through something, it makes you step back and take a look and evaluate, who you’re hanging around with and who you’re involved with, it makes you do a little bit of an evaluation of your life,” Randle El added.

USA Online Sportsbooks believe that the Steelers will contend for Super Bowl XLV, despite the fact that they could be without their quarterback for as many as six games.

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