Big Ben looking forward to extended action

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger anticipates playing the first half Thursday night in the Pittsburgh Steelers' third preseason game, and he would like to get at least one series of running the no-huddle offense at Philadelphia.

"I'd like to get a little more road work," Roethlisberger said, "see if we'll do no-huddle on the road, which is usually a little different."

The Steelers play the Eagles Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the starters will see their most extensive action of the preseason at Lincoln Financial Field.

Roethlisberger played three series last Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills and the Steelers ran their no-huddle offense almost exclusively when he was in the game. Roethlisberger completed 8 of 11 passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and film review of the Steelers' 19-16 win confirmed that the no-huddle offense was as good as it looked against the Bills.

"There was only one (mental) mistake and it was a very minor one," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger threw a 16-yard touchdown pass that highlighted the growth second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton has made since last season.

Wheaton turned around Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore with a double move and then dragged his feet after hauling in Roethlisberger's pass near the out of bounds line. Roethlisberger, whose locker is next to Wheaton's at the Steelers' practice facility, expects big things from the player who has all but won the job of No. 2 wide receiver.

"He's learning and growing fast and we need him to," Roethlisberger said of Wheaton. "He doesn't make the same mistake twice and he's busting his butt every day in practice. I grabbed him upstairs today and talked to him about something he did a little wrong in the game. He had nothing to do with the play but he was like heartbroken that he kind of screwed something up that he probably shouldn't have."

A couple of notes:

  • Greg Warren is on the mend after having surgery late last week to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee. The veteran long snapper said he expects to miss about a month, which means he is unlikely to play in the Steelers' season opener on Sept. 7 against the visiting Browns. Warren hurt his knee last Wednesday during the Steelers' joint practice with the Bills at St. Vincent College. "I was just blocking and braced on it and it kind of popped and I knew something was abnormal when it happened," said Warren, who is in his 10th season. "I think it could have been a lot worse and I think after the surgery they were very happy with the way things went."

  • There are no significant changes on the depth chart that the Steelers released Monday. Brian Arnfelt is still ahead of Josh Mauro at right defensive end and Hebron Fangupo is ahead of Daniel McCullers at nose tackle. Martavis Bryant is fourth on the depth chart at one of the wide receiver spots, behind Antonio Brown, Justin Brown and Darrius Heyward-Bey.