Cassel to make his bad-weather debut

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the first time, it looks like Matt Cassel will start an NFL game in wintry elements.

The New England Patriots' quarterback hasn't played in the rain or snow all year, but Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers should be a first for him.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has played in glove-wearing weather once or twice over his career.

Dreary New England skies have been alternating between a light rain and ice the size of soft pretzel salt that needs brushing off your windshield. The Gillette Stadium field should be slick for the 4:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Cassel, who played prep football in the Los Angeles area and mostly watched from the sideline at Southern California, hasn't been exposed to tough conditions much outside of workouts.

He was expected to be tested by rain when the Patriots hosted the New York Jets in a Thursday night game Nov. 13. It rained all afternoon but stopped well enough before the game that the turf was dry by game time.