Steelers hoping on Roethlisberger but prepping Jones

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Wednesday but is still hopeful he can play in Sunday's division round game at Denver.

Backup Landry Jones took most of the snaps with the starters while Roethlisberger underwent treatment on his sprained right shoulder. Roethlisberger says he wants to play against the Broncos but said he'll only do it if he feels like he can help the team.

Roethlisberger also said the team has confidence in Jones, who came off the bench this season to lead Pittsburgh to wins over Arizona and Oakland.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown also missed practice and remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. His status for Sunday is uncertain.

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