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Steelers Vs. Rams: Ben Roethlisberger Injury Makes Pittsburgh QB A 'Game-Time Decision,' According To Report

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be a "game-time decision" for Saturday's matchup against the St. Louis Rams, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. Roethlisberger is battling a Grade 1 ankle sprain which limited his mobility and effectiveness against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, a 20-3 Steelers loss which complicated their pursuit of the AFC North title and a first-round playoff bye. The veteran signal-caller threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in that game.

Roethlisberger initially suffered the injury Dec. 8 against the Cleveland Browns and left that game briefly, with 37-year-old Charlie Batch replacing him. Batch figures to start Saturday if Roethlisberger can't play, with Dennis Dixon serving as his backup. Roethlisberger did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday.

St. Louis is battling quarterback injuries of its own. Starting quarterback Sam Bradford is listed as doubtful, while second-stringer A.J. Feeley has already been ruled out. That leaves the quarterbacking duties to Kellen Clemens.

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