Roethlisberger set to return to practice

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Ben Roethlisberger will attempt to practice on Wednesday but whether he has a legitimate chance at returning to action this Sunday at Kansas City remains to be seen.

The Steelers' starting quarterback has been out since suffering a sprained MCL and a bone bruise in his left knee on Sept. 27 at St. Louis.

"It's hard to simulate a game in practice," Roethlisberger said. "It's hard to simulate a rush, getting away from a rush. If I can get out there and I can drop and I can roll out of the pocket and I can make short-area movements and there's no pain, then that convinces me."

The Steelers have won two of the three games Roethlisberger has missed, 24-20 on Oct. 12 at San Diego and 25-13 over Arizona on Sunday at Heinz Field, and have a 4-2 record through six games.

"I think it takes pressure off of all of us but I don't know if that's going to affect my decision as much as my health affects my decision, our decision," Roethlisberger said. "It's coach's (Mike Tomlin's) decision, I just have to be honest with him of how I feel."

Roethlisberger did some throwing on the field at Qualcomm Stadium prior to the Steelers-Chargers game and participated in seven-on-seven drills in practice last week.

He's encouraged by his progress, but not overly so.

"It feels great going out and throwing and doing some stuff and throwing on the run a little bit last week," Roethlisberger said. "But I still don't know what it's going to be like to take a snap from under center, drop back and do some of those things.

"I don't know how it's going to feel."

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