Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin told ESPN that he's "optimistic" that Roethlisberger will play. A source told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Roethlisberger is "good enough to go" after Saturday's practice.
So, the next question becomes: What type of game should everyone expect out of Roethlisberger?
The biggest challenge for Roethlisberger will be making deep throws, according to ESPN medical expert Stephania Bell. The soreness in the injured left ankle will make it difficult for him to step into his passes.
Bell, though, acknowledged that Roethlisberger has proven that he isn't like a lot of athletes when it comes to playing with injuries.
"He has shown time and again that not only can he play in the presence of injury but he can be effective even when he looks to be moving slowly and awkwardly," she wrote. "He has played through a broken bone in his foot, a broken thumb, and more."
If Roethlisberger can't play, Charlie Batch is expected to replace him at quarterback.