Ben Roethlisberger Day-to-Day for 49ers Clash

Steelers quarterback is nursing a high ankle sprain.

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011  |  Updated 8:17 AM PDT
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49ers May Not Miss Big Ben

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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was suspended by the NFL for four games in connection with sexual assault allegations. It was the second time in a year the QB faced such allegations. The charges were dropped but the league put him through "professional behavioral evaluation" and counseling.

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The San Francisco 49ers may have gotten a bit of good luck when the NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker James Harrison Tuesday.

But Jim Harbaugh and the boys may not be as lucky when it comes to avoiding injured Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Big Ben is listed as questionable for next Monday's game in San Francisco due to a sprained left ankle.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger is "day-to-day" but is working "tirelessly" to be on the field against the 49ers.

Roethlisberger left last Thursday's 14-3 win over Cleveland in the second quarter after turning the ankle while getting sacked. He returned to throw for 178 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

Neither Roethlisberger nor center Maurkice Pouncey, who is also dealing with a sprained left ankle, practiced on Monday.

Tomlin says Roethlisberger will have to practice at some point this week if he intends to play, adding he believes the extra day of rest will almost certainly benefit the quarterback.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (strained left hamstring) and defensive end Ziggy Hood (right hamstring) are expected to play.

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