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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Roethlisberger is making plans to play

By Jamison Hensley

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is making plans to play against the Titans even though a sprained left foot caused him to miss Wednesday's practice.

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Roethlisberger told Tennessee reporters in a conference call that he is still in a walking boot and has made plans to wear specialized footwear in order to play. He also said he expected to throw in individual drills Wednesday, but he was one of six injured starters who was listed as "did not participate in practice" for the Steelers.

“We’ll do our best, just take it day by day and see where it goes,” Roethlisberger said in the conference call. “If it’s just a pain tolerance thing, I’m going to be out there. I can deal with pain. We just want to make sure structurally it is sound.”

Roethlisberger injured his foot late in a 17-10 loss at Houston and left the stadium in a walking boot. An MRI revealed the sprain on Monday.

The plan is for Roethlisberger to wear a shoe that is one size bigger with a steel plate on the bottom. He added that the walking boot is a precautionary measure.

Other Steelers starters who didn't practice were: NT Casey Hampton (shoulder), LB James Harrison (eye), LG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring), DE Aaron Smith (foot) and WR Hines Ward (not injury-related).