Reporting from Pittsburgh — It took only one play for the Pittsburgh Steelers to realize Ben Roethlisberger hadn’t changed a bit.
“He threw me a long bomb right on the money,” receiver Mike Wallace said about the first play of Roethlisberger’s return to practice last week. “I guess it was kind of like a statement, letting them know, ‘I’m here.’ ”
But to hear Roethlisberger tell it, the old Big Ben is long gone.
“I’m going back to the person I was raised to be, the person I was before all this,” the quarterback said Wednesday. “It’s not like I’m going back to being Big Ben and having all these issues.”
Those issues have had Roethlisberger in the harsh light of scrutiny for the past five months. He returned during the Steelers’ week off from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He will resume his starting slot Sunday in a home game against Cleveland.