Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he had a "setback" with his ankle in the season finale win at Cleveland but indicated he will play in Pittsburgh's wild-card game at Denver, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
"I felt really good going in the Cleveland game," Roethlisberger said Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I had a little setback early in the third quarter, so we're working really hard right now with the trainers and doctors to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game."
Roethlisberger completed 23-of-40 passes for 221 yards with no TDs and no interceptions in Week 17. He missed the Steelers' Dec. 24 win vs. St. Louis after throwing three interceptions five days earlier in a loss at San Francisco. Roethlisberger suffered the injury, a high ankle sprain, in the second quarter of Pittsburgh's Dec. 8 win vs. Cleveland. He missed some of the second quarter, but returned to play the second half. However, his mobility has been a concern since the injury.
The way we see it
Of all of their numerous injury concerns, Roethlisberger's ankle is foremost for Pittsburgh. His mobility within and outside of the pocket is a key to his game, which is distinguished by his ability to keep plays alive and to deliver the ball accurately downfield. The Steelers lost starting RB Rashard Mendenhall to a season-ending knee injury in Week 17, increasing further their dependance on the passing game.