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Steelers

Roethlisberger practices, listed as 'questionable'

| Friday, Dec. 14, 2007

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced Friday after missing the first two practices this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville at Heinz Field.

"Questionable" means Roethlisberger has a 50-50 chance of starting.

Roethlisberger suffered a sore right throwing shoulder in the Steelers loss at New England. He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, raising the possibility that he might be too injured to play in the team's final home game of the season.

Yesterday, Roethlisberger sounded like he expected to play against Jacksonville.

"I feel great," he said.

Asked if one hit caused his shoulder discomfort, Roethlisberger smiled.

"I got hit a couple of times."

Roethlisberger said the hit on his shoulder that caused him to miss two practices occured "later in the game."

Roethlisberger said it was important for him to practice yesterday. Starters who miss the final practice of the week usually don't play on Sunday.

"That's why I wanted to get out there, get some plays in, get some reps, get the feel for it," Roethlisberger said. "I think it was good."

Backup Charlie Batch practiced with the first team Wednesday and Thursday and will start if Roethlisberger doesn't play.

Roethlisberger was asked if he "aired it out" in practice to test his arm strength.

"You have to ask Coach (Mike) Tomlin," Roethlisberger said.

Tomlin didn't speak with reporters yesterday.

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