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Roethlisberger “not getting hopes up” due to potential swelling

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

AP

Though the Steelers are preparing to have Ben Roethlisberger back from a four-week absence for this week’s game vs. the Bengals, Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday he’s “not getting [his] hopes up” until he sees how his knee reacts to the practice week.

Roethlisberger practiced last week on a limited basis, and he said his knee swelled up. That inflamation kept him out of last Friday’s practice, though doctors told Roethlisberger that was normal.

Roethlisberger was listed as questionable. He made the trip to Kansas City but did not play.

He suffered a bone bruise and sprained MCL on Sept. 27 in St. Louis.

Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was “comfortable” enough with Roethlisberger’s health and progress that Roethlisberger would prepare to start this week. He didn’t directly say Roethlisberger would start, and now it sounds like it will be at least Friday before anyone will know.

It will also probably be Friday before we know if Landry Jones or Michael Vick, inactive last week due to a hamstring injury, is next in line.