After the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at Heinz Field, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger proclaimed to the media he would be returning to practice as a full participant in preparation for the team's Week 7 opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. With practice Thursday wrapped up, Roethlisberger has yet to be declared a full participant in practice, listed as a limited participant in both Wednesday and Thursday's practice.
Some might draw conclusions into who will be the starting quarterback Sunday from this information, and rightfully so, but Roethlisberger told media after practice he and Mike Tomlin aren't ruling out a possible return this Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.
"I guess Mike (Tomlin) is going to look at the film and see what he thinks. Tomorrow he'll ask me, 'How'd your knee do over night?'" Roethlisberger told media after practice.
"I'll tell him (Mike Tomlin) how I feel and he'll probably look at the film and determine off the film what he's going to do."
A lot of the decision in regards to Ben's availability will depend on how his knee has responded to the work load of practice, but according to Roethlisberger he has felt as close to normal as possible after two days of practice.
"I felt fine, I felt normal; knee didn't swell up, so I felt good." Roethlisberger said.
In the meantime, it was offensive coordinator Todd Haley who stated the team was moving ahead with Landry Jones, unless he was told otherwise. Whether this is the Steelers' way of keeping the Chiefs guessing leading into the game, we will never know, but it seems as if Friday will be the true indicator as to who will get the nod at quarterback heading into Kansas City Sunday.
In other injury news, Cortez Allen (knee) joined Roethlisberger as the only players who were limited in practice, while Will Allen (ankle), Mike Vick (hamstring) and Stephon Tuitt (knee) were held out of practice putting their availability very much in question moving forward.
Steelers practice report: DNP _ S Allen (ankle), DE Tuitt (knee), QB Vick (hamstring). Limited _ CB Allen (knee), QB Roethlisberger.— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 22, 2015
CB Blake (thumb) DNP Wednesday, full participation today. LB Jones (hip), LB Shazier (shoulder) full participation for 2nd straight day— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 22, 2015
Other than the veteran players who were given the day off Wednesday returning to practice, Antwon Blake (thumb) returned to practice as a full participant. Both Ryan Shazier (shoulder) and Jarvis Jones (hip) were both full participants for the second straight day and look to make their return to the playing field this Sunday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest injury news and the latest on the Steelers as they prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.