By Teresa Varley
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated fully in practice on Wednesday, after being limited the previous day while coming off a foot injured suffered when Max Starks stepped on it last week in practice.
"It's a pretty scary thing to have a 300-pound guy step right on the back of your foot, on your Achilles," said Roethlisberger.
The injury happened Thursday when Starks, 6-8, 345-pounds, was blocking linebacker James Harrison and landed on Roethlisberger's foot.
"He went down too so you know he didn't just graze it," said Roethlisberger. "We both went down. Everyone thought they heard a pop, too. We didn't know what happened. Luckily, it was a bruise. It's coming along. It's not 100%, but it's coming along."
Roethlisberger, who will start against the Bills on Saturday night, didn't go into any detail about the injury.
"You know I can't talk about what we have done," Roethlisberger replied when asked if he had an MRI. "I am up walking, I am participating a little bit and we will continue to get better every day."
Roethlisberger expects to play about a half against the Bills as the team is preparing for the game more like they would a regular season game than a preseason game.
"We try to make it as close as we can," said Roethlisberger. "We do the game-planning a little bit. We have scouting reports. We try and simulate it as best as we can."
"I think a lot of us will get a lot of playing time, a half or so. Who knows how long coach wants to leave us in there. But we do go in to it more like a regular game."