Roethlisberger completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 18-16 divisional-round victory over the Chiefs. He also gained a yard on four rushes.
Big Ben primarily got out of the way and let Le'Veon Bell and his defense handle most of the heavy lifting. That's not to say he didn't have an impact in the victory, however, as Roethlisberger made several impressive throws, including a 52-yard bomb to Antonio Brown and a 26-yard strike to Jesse James down to the Chiefs' five-yard line. His one mistake came when he got a tad greedy on the play following the latter completion, as he reportedly audibled out of a run and subsequently had his pass batted by Frank Zombo at the line and intercepted by Eric Berry. Roethlisberger was mistake-free otherwise, and will likely need a similarly pristine performance in next week's conference championship for the Steelers to have a realistic chance of upending the Patriots on the road. Roethlisberger has now completed 33 of 49 passes for 421 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions over two postseason games.
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Roethlisberger's absence from practice Wednesday thus falls into the rest/maintenance category and his return to a full session Thursday cements the QB's availability for Sunday's 1:05 ET playoff contest against the Chiefs.
Roethlisberger (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
Whether it's Roethlisberger's right foot, as the official injury report indicates, or his ankle that's ailing him, as noted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the QB is expected to tough things out Sunday against the Chiefs. We'll circle back on Roethlisberger's status Thursday, but it's reasonable to expect the QB to re-join practice, at least in a limited capacity.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he doesn't expect Roethlisberger's foot to be a problem during Sunday's divisional-round game in Kansas City, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports. "Roethlisberger aggravated his foot, but it doesn't appear to be an issue," Tomlin stated. "We'll watch him closely as we push forward to the game but not anticipating that limiting him."
Tomlin admitted he shouldn't have exposed Roethlisberger to the hit that resulted in the aggravation of a previous foot fracture and the use of a walking boot in the aftermath of the Steelers' wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Having said that, Roethlisberger already ditched the boot as of Monday, and while his practice participation could be hindered this week, he'll tough it out Sunday, as he's done with a multitude of injuries throughout the course of his career.