Steelers Wednesday Notebook:

Full report from the Steelers' South Side practice facility on Wednesday:

PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger struggled to walk to the shower without his walking boot, but believes that his sprained right foot will heal in time to play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

"I think so, yeah. I'll try," he said. "You know I'm going to give it my all. You know that. I will not be out there if I'm going to hurt this team. If I can help the team win, I'll be out there."

Roethlisberger injured his foot during a sack in the first half of Sunday's game in Buffalo. He later injured his knee on a sack early in the fourth quarter. But the foot injury is the greater concern.

"John Norwig – the mastermind that we have at trainer – and I are in the middle of putting together a cleat that kind of has some stability in it to keep me from moving the foot," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger played, but limped noticeably around the field Sunday with the foot injury. He still executed well enough to lead the Steelers to an overtime win.

"It hurts because it's my plant foot. It's my right foot," he said. "When I hit the ground I want to get the ball out and so it makes it tough. It's just playing through pain."

A reporter started to ask him about practice repetitions this week, but Roethlisberger cut him off.

"I'll get practice reps," he said. "No doubt."


DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was originally targeted to return for either the Dec. 19 game against the New York Jets or the Dec. 23 game against the Carolina Panthers. He'll undergo an examination Monday to determine his progress.

However, Smith doesn't believe the strength in the partially torn muscle will return sufficiently until the Jan. 2 regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns or the first week of the playoffs.

"That's just my feeling right now," Smith said. "Hopefully we'll get some good news Monday."


Roethlisberger, DE Nick Eason (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and OT Flozell Adams (back) participated in Wednesday's practice (in pads) on a limited basis. SS Troy Polamalu, as planned, missed practice to rest his sore ankle.

The only Ravens player to miss the full Wednesday practice was FB Le'Ron McClain, who's expected to miss the game with an ankle injury. Safety Dawan Landry (head) was limited in practice, but LT Michael Oher, who left Sunday's game with a sprained knee, participated in the full workout.


Terrell Suggs on whether the winner of Sunday night's game will win the AFC North Division:

"I think so because both of us are going to handle our business. It's fair to say the winner of this game is going to win the division."

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