Is Ben on the verge of returning?

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Ben Roethlisberger didn't say if he would be ready to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field.

But at the same time, he also didn't say that he wouldn't be ready.

"One day at a time," said Roethlisberger. "Today is Wednesday. I am going to get some treatment, get a workout in, attack practice today and do some seven-on-seven stuff and we will take it one day at a time."

"It's coming. I have been working hard, I am going to get some stuff done now. I am just taking it one day at a time."

Coach Mike Tomlin didn't offer any type of injury update during his weekly press conference this week on Roethlisberger, saying he was focused on guys who 'were on the brink' of returning to action.

"I am the same approach he is," said Roethlisberger. "It's just one day at a time. It's hard to speculate until we do something today. Once we do something today we will know more."

You can tell Roethlisberger is itching to get back on the field after missing the last two games with a knee sprain. But as much as he wants to return to the action, he doesn't want to do anything foolish and rush back to fast.

"Just being smart, knowing that once I'm able to protect myself, I'll be able to get back out there," said Roethlisberger. "I can walk around just fine and step and throw. It's being able to avoid a pass rush, make subtle movements in the pocket and out of the pocket."

Roethlisberger is one of the most competitive guys in the locker room, so for him to just stand and watch even for just a few weeks, hasn't been easy.

"It's been tough, because it's hard to just watch when you want to be out there," said Roethlisberger. "I'm just trying to be like the guys I had around me when I was playing. Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Tommy Maddox, Bruce Gradkowski, just trying to be the best on-the-sideline guy I can be.

"If Mike Vick has a question, or if I see something, I'm going to talk to him. I don't want to be overbearing. I don't want to stand there and wait for him as he's coming off the field, because he's a pro and has been doing it for a long time. I just do everything I can to be as much help as I can be for him."

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