From Ben’s interview with the media after practice this afternoon:

On what he thought of Coach Tomlin’s comment that he would have to “prove” he was ready to return –

It’s probably because I tell him I can go every week, regardless if I’m ten percent I’ll tell him I can go. But he just wants to make sure I can get it done.

On the velocity of his throws –

I’m getting there. I have to talk to Heath. He’s my barometer. Heath lets me know how close I am to one hundred percent on velocity and stuff like that.

On how his shoulder and chest are feeling during practice –

It’s cold out there so that doesn’t help. It’s just a little bit of pain and tightness, but we’re not worried about that feeling right now.

On how he feels mentally about returning –

I’m anxious. I want to be out there. When it’s time and my body says “go”, and Coach says “go”, I’ll be ready to go.

You can watch video of Ben’s full interview here.

From Coach Tomlin this afternoon on Ben’s practice:

“I thought it was a positive day for Ben. He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances.

“Obviously, we’ll see how his body responds to it tomorrow, but I thought today was a good step. We’ll see what tomorrow holds for us.”

You can read more from Coach Tomlin here.