Ben Roethlisberger struggled Monday night against the 49ers. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

In fact, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Steelers may rest Roethlisberger the last two weeks of the regular season.

For his part, though, Roethlisberger was optimistic that he would and could play Saturday, saying his ankle was no worse after playing Monday.

Roethlisberger started and was ineffective Monday night in the Steelers’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers and, with a playoff berth already in the bag, why not focus on having Roethlisberger healthy when the playoffs begin?

Clearly, Roethlisberger was nowhere near healthy Monday night after suffering a high ankle sprain Dec. 8. With James Harrison returning from his one-gme absence and the Steelers playing the 2-14 Rams this week and the 4-10 Cleveland Browns on Week 17, it makes sense to let Roethlisberger heal and let Charlie Batch start.