Roethlisberger appears set to return

PITTSBURGH (AP) All signs point to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s return to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineup for an AFC North home game Sunday against unbeaten Cincinnati.
Nothing has been made official, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the two-time Super Bowl winner, who missed four games with a sprained knee and bruised leg, was `’close” to starting the team’s 23-13 loss at Kansas City.
Tomlin said he felt good about Roethlisberger’s availability against Cincinnati, but cautioned that the Steelers’ franchise quarterback still has to go through a week of practice.
Roethlisberger, who has missed 21 games in 11-plus seasons, suffered his injury in the third quarter of a September win at St. Louis. The Steelers were third best in the NFL at nearly 300 yards passing per game with Roethlisberger under center. Without him, the Steelers averaged close to 200 yards passing, third worst in the league.

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