Roethlisberger suffers 'little setback'

January, 4, 2012
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PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger walked into the locker room Wednesday with more of a limp than he did last week but the Steelers quarterback doesn't think it will affect him for Sunday's wild-card playoff game at Denver.

"I had a little setback early in the third quarter [at Cleveland last Sunday]," Roethlisberger said today. "We’re working really hard with the trainers and doctors to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game. I felt pretty good going in and moved a little bit at the beginning of that game. It’s a little setback but we’ll get moving."

Roethlisberger, who was limited in practice today, indicated that he probably got set back "about a week." This is exactly the reason why I was in favor of Roethlisberger sitting out the regular-season finale.

Since spraining his left ankle on Dec. 8, Pittsburgh has scored two touchdowns in 10 quarters with him as quarterback.

With the injury, Roethlisberger hasn't been able to follow through on his passes because he is unable to put weight on his left leg. He has completed 56 of 96 passes (58.3 percent) for 729 yards. He has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions for a 68.4 passer rating.

Roethlisberger is unsure how he hurt his ankle last Sunday.

"I don’t know if I caught on the ground wrong or got hit … we’ll see," Roethlisberger said. "We’ll be all right."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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