Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't play this week against the Baltimore Ravens because of an MCL sprain, but that doesn't mean he isn't helping his team get ready for the game.
Roethlisberger is in the quarterback meetings working with Mike Vick to get him ready for the primetime showdown on Thursday night.
Here is Roethlisberger's take on getting the 'next man up' ready.
On what's involved with getting Vick prepared:**"I'm here and in meetings. I don't want to overwhelm him, because I'm sure he will already be overwhelmed with a lot of stuff. I'll do whatever I can to help him and communicate with him. I'll lay back unless he really needs something, but if I see something I will speak up and let him know."
On if Vick has a good grasp of the offense:"Yes, I think he does. We'll do some stuff and tweak some things to do stuff that utilizes his strengths. He's a way better runner than I am, so maybe you'll see some of that. For the most part, you'll see our offense and you'll see the guys step up and play great football."
On the key for Vick as he takes over while Roethlisberger is hurt:
"Be the best he can be. We brought him in here for a reason. He's got a lot of experience and a good group around him here. Everybody has to do their job, and I think we'll be just fine. He's a guy who has proved he can throw the ball, and he can run the ball. He puts the work and the time in, so I think he will be just fine."
On if the two have had constructive conversations since he signed with the team:
"Absolutely. We are in the same room and we are communicating. He talks to me and I talk to him. Even typical backup stuff, he talks to me about things he sees. I think that's what is special about the quarterback room, at least since I've been here. Whether it was Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, Tommy Maddox, Bruce Gradkowski or Landry Jones, we all communicate well together and try to help each other out. We all want the best for each other. It's not a selfish room at all. He's helped me, and I'm going to continue to do what I can to help him."