Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger "definitely will" start Sunday night on the road against the AFC North division rival Cincinnati Bengals in spite of a minor ankle sprain, according to a report by ESPN's Ed Werder via Twitter on Friday.
Roethlisberger, according to Werder, is set to practice with the team today before making the start Sunday night. He left Pittsburgh's practice slightly early on Thursday with the ankle injury. Roethlisberger had an extended week to recover after getting hit three times and sacked once last Thursday night in the Steelers' 26-23 loss on the road to the Tennessee Titans. For the season, Roethlisberger has been sacked a total of 10 times.
Through five games, Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,487 yards, completing 64.6 percent of his throws with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating of 99.9 ranks fourth in the NFL.
The Steelers and Bengals square off under the lights on Sunday night, with kickoff set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.