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Ben Roethlisberger ‘doing well,’ says he’ll be ‘ready to go’ against Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger is out of his walking boot and looks good to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ divisional-round tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Roethlisberger said Tuesday during his weekly radio appearance on 93.7 that he’s been out of his walking boot since Sunday night.

“I haven’t had the boot on since I got home that night,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger suffered the injury late in the Steelers’ 30-12 Wild Card weekend win over the Miami Dolphins when Dolphins defensive lineman Cameron Wake rolled up on his ankle. The walking boot was deemed a “precautionary” decision after an X-ray and MRI Sunday night revealed the hit aggravated an earlier injury.

As far as practicing this week is concerned, Roethlisberger expects to miss practice Wednesday and then practice Thursday and Friday.

“I feel (soreness) today, but I’m walking without the boot, and I’ll be ready to go,” he said.

Regarding the decision to leave him in with the game well in hand, Roethlisberger deferred to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who argued the outcome of the game was still “in doubt” when Roethlisbeger suffered the injury.

“That’s not my call,” Roethlisberger said of staying in the game. “I’ll never go to coach and say take me out.”

Despite the distressing prospects of playing at Arrowhead Stadium without their veteran signal-caller under center, it appears last weekend’s injury was nothing more than a brief scare, hardly surprising given how Roethlisberger time and time again has demonstrated an incredible capacity to overcome injury.

“I’m doing well,”Roethlisberger said.