Even though Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he would only leave the door “slightly ajar” for Ben Roethlisberger’s when it relates his status for Sunday, Big Ben has put his foot between the door.
A foot that is not in a walking boot.
That was the expectation for Roethlisberger throughout the week. But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger has shed his walking boot and is “ahead of schedule.”
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2015
Roethlisberger reportedly said Thursday morning that he plans on practicing later in the day. He also said he’s intending on trying out an insole/plate-type things for his left shoe during the session and that he’s still not ruling himself out for Sunday’s game.
“It felt like the middle of my foot was broke in half,” Roethlisberger said Thursday about his most recent injury. “That’s when doc was convinced it was the Lis franc.”
As far as what Roethlisberger thinks about of his chances of playing on Sunday?
“That’s coach’s call,” he said. “I can’t give you a %, because my % is probably different from his %.”
Though it still seems unlikely for him to suit up Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Roethlisberger has always been one to surprise. He suffered the foot sprain in the fourth quarter of last week’s game versus the Oakland Raiders. If he is out, Landry Jones will start.
Ben did not practice, according to yesterday’s practice report.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 12, 2015
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