Ben Roethlisberger Did Not Throw at Steelers Practice Wednesday

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Ben Roethlisberger can take all the mental reps he wants, but he’ll need to physically move before the Steelers face off against the Broncos.

That didn’t happen today.

Roethlisberger did not throw at all Wednesday, according to Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly. It doesn’t bode well for Pittsburgh, who have a divisional playoff date with Denver in just four days.

Roethlisberger said he’s taking his recovery “hour by hour,” while head coach Mike Tomlin believes Roethlisberger “has a chance” to play.

This isn’t the first time this season Roethlisberger has toed the injury line. A foot problem was supposed to keep him out of a contest against the Browns earlier this season, and Landry Jones started in his place. But Jones went down with a leg injury in the first quarter, and Roethlisberger stepped up to the challenge. He started the week on crutches, and ended it 22-33 for 379 yards and three TD passes.

Roethlisberger will do everything in his power to play, that much is for certain. But if he returns half-healthy this week, it won’t be against the Browns. The Denver defense led the NFL in yards allowed, and paced the league with 52 sacks.