Ben Roethlisberger appears on target to start in Week 8 against the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals.
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be all systems go in practice this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Roethlisberger was close to returning this past Sunday from the knee injury he suffered in Week 3 in St. Louis, but Tomlin preferred to err on the side of caution. Now with an extra week to recover, the plan is for Roethlisberger to lead the first team in practice after Landry Jones received the bulk of the reps last week.
"Ben will be preparing this week and preparing to play," Tomlin said via PennLive.com. "We don’t have any reservations or limitations about his availability."
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If Roethlisberger has no setbacks in practice, he’ll get the start Sunday in a divisional clash against the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals (6-0). While the Steelers (4-3) went 2-2 without Roethlisberger, a loss to the Bengals would put them 3 1/2 games behind in the AFC North.
"As I sit here today, we’re comfortable with where he is and his overall availability for this week," Tomlin added. "We’re going to need him obviously."