The Steelers are 1-2 in the three games Roethlisberger did not play. Back-up Byron Leftwich brought them to a 16-13 (OT) win over Kansas City through the second half of Week 10.
Roethlisberger practiced for the second straight day without incident, meaning the Steelers offense might be able to get back on track. They were at their best from Weeks 7 through 9, winning three straight and rushing for an average of 140 yards a game.
Pittsburgh hosts the Bengals in Week 16 in what is the last game with playoff elimination repercussions in the AFC. It very well could be the winner of that game will move into the playoffs and the other one won't.
The Steelers and Bengals both qualified for the playoffs as wild cards last season.