Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was limited in practice Thursday because of the left pectoral injury he suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and some wondered about the veteran's status for the Week 3 showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wonder no more.
According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice Friday and carries no official injury designation into the weekend.
Roethlisberger has thus far taken 16 hits this season and is on pace to be sacked 34 times. The 39-year-old will struggle to make it through the end of 2021 intact if those trends continue much longer.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh All-Pro pass-rusher T.J. Watt is dealing with a groin injury but said Friday the "door is open" for him to play against Cincinnati. However, star wide receiver Diontae Johnson (knee), linebacker Alex Highsmith (groin) and defensive lineman Carlos Davis (knee) are all out.
the Steelers stupidly called this play instead just taking a knee last week— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 24, 2021
WR Diontae Johnson was injured and now he’s been ruled out this week pic.twitter.com/vDQUuLKhbx
Johnson led the Steelers with 14 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown over the campaign's first two weeks.