Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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We pretend that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger isn’t currently a question mark despite missing almost all of last season with an elbow injury that required major reconstructive surgery.

But to some small degree, he is.He's got to be.

Let’s see if that new elbow can zip the ball to the sideline.

Let’s see how Roethlisberger’s arm feels in the fourth quarter, and tomorrow morning.

Let’s see how Roethlisberger absorbs hits.

Let’s see if Roethlisberger is rusty. He’s a notoriously slow starter, in games and in seasons.

Roethlisberger had a great camp, but so did Evgeni Malkin. It’s only camp.

Tom Brady tossed up a pick-six in his Tampa Bay debut yesterday as his Buccaneers lost to New Orleans. He just couldn’t get the ball there on a sideline route.

Brady is 43. Roethlisberger is 38. Brady doesn’t have a new elbow. Roethlisberger does.

That sideline route can be the harbinger of your exit visa being processed. If you can’t muster that zip, you get found out.

I’m a Roethlisberger fan. I have faith. But I have to see him do it when the bullets are flying.

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