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Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger's starting job isn't guaranteed

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Mike Tomlin isn't offering quarterback Ben Roethlisberger any guarantees.

Or at least that's the talk he's talking now, with the first game of Roethlisberger's four-game suspension from the NFL approaching Sunday.

In a Sirius Radio interview, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach was asked whether Roethlisberger would regain his job when he returns Oct. 17. "I'm going to dodge that one and not artfully. I'm not going to back myself in a corner."

Besides, there's always a chance Dennis Dixon outplays the two-time Super Bowl champion (see: Pipp, Wally).

"Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp," Tomlin said. "He went into the training camp as a young guy, second in the pecking order behind Byron Leftwich [who suffered a knee injury Thursday]. He did a nice job and made it extremely competitive. He waged a battle and got some first-team reps in some preseason games. Largely, we've been very impressed with how he's handled himself in game situations."

He'll get his big chance, starting ahead of Charlie Batch against Atlanta on Sunday.

We know where she got the idea

Venus Williams has drawn a ridiculous amount of attention for the outfit she wore in her U.S. Open Match Monday. She was a little less revealing, but more sparkly, in her quarterfinal victory Tuesday.

Still it's tough to understand the fuss over the skimpiness of her outfit. Chris Cooley tried the same move two summers ago. It never caught on, despite the appreciate look from Brandon Lloyd.

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Ochocinco punditizes on Haynesworth

When he isn't attempting to engage the Cincinnati Bengals' opponent in the opener in Twitter trash talk, Chad Ochocinco is an observer of the NFL scene. Specificially, he has observed the Albert Haynesworth situation in Washington.

If i had 100 million dollar contract my last name would be changed to whatever team is paying me, announcer = chad bengal on the catch, [bleep]less than a minute ago via twidroid


By Cindy Boren  |  September 8, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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