Ben Roethlisberger is on track to start on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring any setback between now and their game against the Ravens in Baltimore.
Roethlisberger practiced again Thursday and a source said he took more snaps than he did the previous day and that it appeared he would start.
The 34-year-old quarterback had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 17, the day after it was injured during the Steelers’ 30-16 loss in Miami. He missed the following week’s game against New England, and the Steelers had last week off.
“He looked good out there today, knows what he’s supposed to do, made some good throws,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said after practice. “We’ll see, or coach (Mike Tomlin) will see.”
Provided his knee holds up as it has the past few days, he will start Sunday.
“I think with something like that it’s just each day how he feels the next day,” Haley said.
The Steelers officially listed Roethlisberger as being “limited” in practice and backup Landry Jones as going through a full practice.
“He’s been in there some snaps and Landry obviously has gotten a bunch of snaps,” Haley said. “It will come down to the end of the week and what coach and he decide.”
Teammates also were confident in how Roethlisberger practiced.
“I thought he looked pretty good,” guard Ramon Foster said. “He was throwing the way he normally does, but that doesn’t say how his knee feels.
“Our job is going to be to not letting him move around, pushing it more than he should or letting guys hit him — and they’re going to be aiming for that.”