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Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Questionable, Could Play Vs. San Francisco 49ers

Ben Roethlisberger looked like he was in pretty bad shape for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. But then he came back and limped around and won. He does that a lot. Very frustrating to defenses.

With a week-and-a-half to heal before the Monday Night Football contest against the San Francisco 49ers, it's unclear if Big Ben will be in decent shape to play. With only a Grade 1 sprain, it's sidelining him from practice, but that might not sideline him from the game. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday, and it's possible he might not step on a field until Pittsburgh visits the 49ers on Monday night.

Roethlisberger suffered a high ankle sprain in the Steelers' 14-3 win over the Browns last week. He was reportedly still limping badly at the team's facility Wednesday. In a conference call with the Bay Area media, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger, an eight-year veteran, could play without practicing during the week.

"I think there's more of a chance of that happening at the quarterback position, particularly if you have a veteran one, than, say, some of the other positions like wide receiver, running back or linebacker," said Tomlin, who termed Roethlisberger "questionable."

With no Roethlisberger around, the Steelers are in deep trouble having to rely on Charlie Batch to win in the Bay. But with Pittsburgh needing every win necessary to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens, it's hard to imagine Roethlisberger staying out of this one here.

To discuss Roethlisberger and the Steelers with fellow Pittsburgh fans, head to Behind the Steel Curtain. To talk about the prospect of facing Big Ben with 49ers fans, head to Niners Nation.