Ben sits out practice

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger sat out of Wednesday's practice with a right knee injury, and isn't sure whether he'll play Sunday in Green Bay. But the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback said he feels better than he did three weeks ago after a suffering a left knee injury during a Monday night game.

"I was on crutches, so obviously I was a little bit worse," Roethlisberger said. "It's just a little sore thing, but we'll get better."

Roethlisberger underwent an MRI examination Tuesday morning. When asked about the results, he said: "Any knee questions have to go through coach."

Cowher didn't talk to reporters on Wednesday, but said on Tuesday, "The initial diagnosis says it is a posterior capsular strain. All the ligaments are fine."

Roethlisberger said he wants to play and will see how the knee feels at the end of the week.

"It's a committee decision," he said. "Obviously the final decision comes from Coach Cowher. I'm going to give him my opinion; the doctors will give him their opinion and he's going to have the final say."

Three weeks ago, Roethlisberger hyper-extended his left knee on the final series of the Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers. He didn't practice all week, but begged Cowher to let him play the following Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cowher instead started Tommy Maddox and designated Roethlisberger as the team's third-team emergency quarterback.

Roethlisberger started the two games since, and played most of Monday night's game against Baltimore with the injured right knee. Roethlisberger sustained the injury on the first series of the game. After throwing a 5-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El, Baltimore defensive end Jarret Johnson hit Roethlisberger in the knee. He came up limping, but on fourth down ran a quarterback sneak for a first down. Four plays later, he threw a touchdown pass to Heath Miller and went to the sideline to don a brace.

"Everyone that watched the game and knows how I play could tell there was something on my knee," Roethlisberger said. "I didn't feel as mobile. We took it off at halftime and taped it and it felt a lot better. If I can go without a brace, I'm going to do it."

Also at halftime, Roethlisberger hinted to Cowher that he may not be able to finish the game.

"I told him at halftime, coach, I'm going to let you know if I feel I'm hurting this team, I'm going to let you know because that's the last thing I want to do is hurt this team. If I can't go out there and play to the best of my ability and help this team, I'm going to have to tell him I can't do it."

Roethlisberger finished the game and directed the Steelers to a 20-19 win with a 60-yard game-winning field goal drive late in the fourth quarter. He completed 18 of a career-high 30 pass attempts for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked twice.

Roethlisberger was asked if the recent injuries have caused him to worry about the future.

"You always worry about the future when it comes to injuries," he said. "But for me you only live one day at a time and always try and do everything you can to help the team because my thought is this year.

"I understand that everyone always worries about longevity and a long career and this and that, but I'm living for this year right now. So, no, we'll see what we can do for this year."

If Roethlisberger doesn't play, Charlie Batch will make his first NFL start since 2001 when he played for the Detroit Lions.

"Everything will depend on how Ben comes back," Batch said. "He's walking around pretty good right now.

"He's young. He has those young bones and he's able to recover a lot quicker than others."

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