Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that his right shoulder is “definitely sore” but maintained that his status is still day-to-day as the Steelers prepare for Sunday’s AFC divisional round game against the Broncos in Denver.
Multiple sources told ESPN on Monday that Roethlisberger is likely to play against Denver. The three-time Pro Bowler said Tuesday that he would “do whatever I can to be out there, but not at the expense of my team.”
“I’ll go in tomorrow with the intent to see what I can do,” Roethlisberger said during the interview. “I honestly don’t know.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said later Tuesday that Roethlisberger “has a chance” to play against the Broncos but admitted that he would probably be limited in Wednesday’s practice. Landry Jones will get the majority of the reps at quarterback early in the week.
Tomlin also said wide receiver Antonio Brown will continue to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head from Cincinnati’s Vontaze Burfict on Pittsburgh’s final drive. Tomlin added that running back DeAngelo Williams and his injured right foot is “on the outside looking in.”
Roethlisberger suffered the injury in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s playoff victory over the rival Bengals on Saturday, when his shoulder was driven into the turf on a sack by Burfict.
“I haven’t tried to throw a football since the game, and maybe that’s not even the right thing to do right away,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll see the doctors and trainers tomorrow, we’ll evaluate kind of how I feel.
“If anything, maybe I can practice and hand off and still get some mental reps that way. So we’ll really just kind of see how it goes tomorrow.”
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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