Mike Tomlin said today that Ben Roethlisberger threw again on Monday and is closer to returning, but the quarterback must practice this week if he is going to play Sunday against the Chargers.
The Steelers will hold their first practice of the week on Wednesday, and Roethlisberger will get an opportunity to show he's ready.
In the meantime, the Steelers are moving forward with Charlie Batch at quarterback.
I would expect Roethlisberger to play this week.
@ Cornerback Ike Taylo.r is out at least two weeks with a fracture in his ankle. Tomlin said no surgery will be required.
It's a hairline fracture and Taylor is a fast healer - as his 135-consecutive games played streak would suggest - so I would expect him back before the postseason.
@ LaMarr Woodley will be questionable to play this week with his ankle sprain.
With Jason Worilds playing well, the Steelers won't rush Woodley back.
@ A number of players will be limited early in the week, including Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace.
@ Willie Colon is expected back this week, as is Jerricho Cotchery.
@ Tomlin said the running back rotation will remain the same, with Rashard Mendenhall sitting again because he doesn't play special teams.