Q&A: Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay. Before sitting out of practice Wednesday, he talked with reporters.


Will you play Sunday?
I don't know. We'll evaluate it. Any knee questions have to go through coach.

When you talk to us does the knee hurt?
Everything hurts when I talk to you guys.

Will you wear a brace?
I always want to go without it. I came out after the first series and went in and put a brace on. Everyone that watched the game and knows how I play could tell there was something on my knee. 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.

Do you worry about the future and what these knee injuries might do?
You always worry about the future when it comes to injuries, 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.

What are your thoughts of playing against Brett Favre at Lambeau Field?
It'd be awesome playing against somebody you grew up watching and idolizing. Going to Lambeau Field, the mystique, the tradition there, would be an unbelievable feeling.

What did you think of Farve's last game?
It's hard to watch him have the games like he had last week with those interceptions and to lose it like that, because you're always pulling for the guy. He's such a great guy, class act, so it's tough to see stuff like that happen with him. We will talk if we get the chance, but I have not had a chance to talk to him.

Again, what about playing at Lambeau?
Hopefully it won't be too cold. I think it just has that history and mystique about it. It's going to be awesome just to go up and see it.

Do you want to play?
I always want to play. I want to be out there for the guys.

What about Hines Ward's record?
It'll be quite an honor to be with Hines when he does break the record. He's going to be labeled as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Steeler receiver of all time. He's going to hold all the records. It's awesome to be a part of such a great receiver's career here in Pittsburgh.

What about their defense?
They don't do a lot of special things, but they do what they do very well. We're going to see a lot of basic defenses but they play so well. They don't make a lot of mistakes. I think that's what makes them so talented on defense.

What stands out in your memory about Favre?
Just his will to win, his tenacity, his toughness – outside of his consecutive starts. He never gives up. He's a leader, a guy you want to idolize and be a lot like.

Do you have the same attributes?
I'd like to think so but it's a little early for me to compare myself to Brett Favre.

When the decision on whether to play is made, who weighs in more?
Everyone. It's a committee decision. 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.

Is it hard to come out of a game?
Absolutely. I'm a team guy and I feel like I'm a leader for these guys and I want to be there for them. Those are the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth: Coach, I don't think I can do it. 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.

In the long run might it be better to sit out?
No. I want to play all the time.

What about the hits you've taken?
Football's a contact sport. You're going to take hits all the time and from every different way. Some of it's from me moving; some is from the pocket.

Were you feeling worse after San Diego?
Yeah, I did because I was on crutches, so obviously I was a little bit worse. It's just a little sore thing but we'll get better.

But you wanted to be in there that week. What can we expect this Sunday?
I'm going to want to be in there as long as I can. It'll come down to a coach's decision, how I feel and what the doctors say.

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