Roethlisberger was expected to be in a walking boot all week after spraining his foot, but would not rule himself out earlier in the week. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the quarterback was “ahead of schedule” in his recovery, although he is unlikely to play Sunday against the Browns.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that the team is preparing for backup Landry Jones to make the start. The Steelers are on bye in Week 11, giving Roethlisberger an extra week to recover if needed.
Roethlisberger has played just five games this season. After injuring his knee in Week 3, he returned to make starts against Cincinnati and Oakland. He has thrown for 1,508 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 66.9% of his passes.
- Jeremy Woo