Roethlisberger's plans to play

Ben Roethlisberger said despite reports his plan is to play against the St. Louis Rams this week and not rest his injured ankle.

"I've said many times I want to go and I will try to be ready to go," said Roethlisberger. "I think if you rest you obviously can hopefully improve and get yourself to a higher percentage. But I like to be out there, I want to be out there with the guys. I want to get the reps.

"I want to work on little things that we need to work on to hopefully get ready for January football."

Roethlisberger said he feels better than he thought he would a few days after playing the entire game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

"I didn't think I'd be able to walk yesterday and today, but actually it feels a lot better than I thought it would," he said.

Roethlisberger missed practice on Wednesday with the high ankle sprain and was asked if he thought his lack of practice time last week had an impact on his play Monday night.

"It was hard to get in there and do some things obviously, but I still take the blame for the loss," said Roethlisberger. "Not playing well has nothing to do with the preparation, just one of those days. I had a bad day."

He was also frustrated that the ankle did limit him some and he knows if he was at full strength his performance would have been better.

"It was very frustrating because I know that I could've made a couple more plays in that game, I know that I could've gotten out of a couple of those sacks," said Roethlisberger. "It's very frustrating for me and I know it's frustrating for the linemen and the receivers because they're so used to it. So it's definitely tough."

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