Big Ben: Ankle swollen but all right

HONOLULU — Based on the way he was hobbling around during the Steelers’ playoff loss earlier this month, Ben Roethlisberger‘s appearance at this week’s Pro Bowl has to be considered some kind of bonus … for the fans. The Steelers might not be thrilled with the idea of their banged-up QB running around during an all-star game.

But Roethlisberger, who walked with a slight limp during Wednesday’s practice, swears he’s well enough to play.

“Not bad,” Roethlisberger said about his ankle. “Lots of time to rest. Still a little swollen, but it’s all right.”

No word on whether or not Mike Tomlin has put in a call to AFC coach Gary Kubiak about Roethlisberger’s playing time. But Big Ben didn’t seem concerned while forecasting what he expects to be a cameo appearance.

“We’ve rested it long enough now,” he said. “Coaches know. It’s not one of those games where I’m going to have to scramble away from people. It’ll hopefully be a quick in and out.”

Cut to Jared Allen nodding in agreement while taking a knee.

— Aron Angel

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