Haley: 'I'm just happy to have guys healthy'

They're still shy of a full house, but Todd Haley will take four of a kind.

"I'm just happy to have guys healthy," the Steelers' offensive coordinator observed regarding Ben Roethlisberger's anticipated return against Cincinnati. "Obviously, we've had guys in and out but that's life in the NFL. It's never going to be perfect. But the more guys you have out there practicing together and working together the better it is for us as a coaching staff."

Center Maurkice Pouncey is still on injured reserve-designated for return and left tackle Kelvin Beachum is still on injured reserve and still out of the season.

But with Roethlisberger presumably back - he was a full participant in practice today for the second consecutive day - the Steelers are looking forward to having Brown, Bell, Bryant and Ben in the same offensive huddle for the first time on Sunday.

"It's great to have him back," Haley said. "He's obviously been champing at the bit to get back. As Coach (Mike Tomlin) said, he is full-go, and that's what we are expecting."

Roethlisberger hasn't played since suffering a sprained MCL/bone bruise in his left knee on Sept. 27 in St. Louis.

If the month off has rusted his game in any way, Haley hasn't noticed.

"No concerns from what I've seen," Haley assessed. "Obviously, it's a potential issue when a guy hasn't played a bunch. But as we said at the start of the week, we have to get on track fast."

The best photos of WR Antonio Brown from the 2015 season.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown has been there all season.

Running back Le'Veon Bell returned from a two-game suspension in the St. Louis game that temporarily cost the Steelers Roethlisberger's services.

And wide receiver Antonio Bryant served a four-game suspension and then sat out the Steelers' game on Oct. 12 at San Diego before making his 2015 debut on Oct. 18 against Arizona.

Roethlisberger's return potentially energizes an offense that will need to get up to speed as quickly as possible against the undefeated Bengals.

"That takes everybody," Haley said. "That means everybody needs to make plays when they get an opportunity."

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