Roethlisberger expected to return vs. Raiders

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By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to fully participate in practice on Wednesday and play against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger missed the Ravens game in Baltimore after experiencing headaches from the concussion he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Ben hasn't experienced any resurface of any discomfort from his concussion since Friday," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "All indications are he will be a full participant tomorrow and prepare and ultimately play in the game on Sunday."

One player who isn't expected to be on the field is safety Troy Polamalu who is still recovering from a knee injury. Polamalu suffered the injury against the Bengals and missed the Kansas City and Baltimore games.

"Troy is still a week or so away," said Tomlin. "I would characterize him as doubtful for this game."

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu, who missed the Ravens game with an MCL injury, will see limited action in practice on Wednesday to judge where he is as far as playing against the Raiders.
 
"He is going to go through individuals," said Tomlin. "We'll see how he responds to that. I would have to list him as questionable at this point, but there is a little optimism that he could participate in this game."
 
Travis Kirschke started against the Ravens after missing the three previous games with a calf injury, but was experiencing soreness on Tuesday.

"He is going to be limited in the early portion of the week," said Tomlin. "We hope that we can continue to move forward with him and continue to get the contribution he provided us on Sunday."

Also on the injury front returner Stefan Logan suffered rib cartilage separation and Mewelde Moore has swelling in his ankle. Both players will be limited in practice early in the week, but are expected to play Sunday. 
 
Quarterback Charlie Batch, who injured his wrist against the Chiefs, is on schedule in his recovery and Tomlin hopes to have him back on the field in a couple of weeks. 

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