Will Yoder
Monday December 19th, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a game-time decision for tonight’s crucial matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Roethlisberger, 29, sprained his left ankle during a 14-3 win over the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8. The former NFL Rookie of the Year is officially listed as questionable, although reports from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin say that he is “optimistic” that the star quarterback can play.

The 10-3 Steelers can claim first place in the AFC North with a victory over Jim Harbaugh’s 10-3 49ers. Pittsburgh’s division rival, the Baltimore Ravens, lost this weekend against the San Diego Chargers, which dropped their overall record to 10-4 on the year. The Ravens are coached by Jim Harbaugh’s brother, John, who has previously stated that he will help San Francisco attempt to beat the Steelers. Through 13 games this season Roethlisberger has posted a 95.6 quarterback rating while throwing for 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The eight-year starter has also battled with a broken thumb this season.

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