Big Ben’s mobility could be limited on Sunday. (Frederick Breedon / Getty Images)

Ben Roethlisberger is a veteran of playing through pain, and Pittsburgh’s quarterback is prepared to grin and bear it again on Sunday against the Bengals.

Roethlisberger left Thursday’s practice early after rolling his left ankle, but he does not expect the injury to keep him out of a critical AFC North clash against the Bengals, according to a report from Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Center Maurkice Pouncey returned to the field for a “light practice” and joked that he stepped on his quarterback’s ankle. Pouncey missed the final three quarters of last Thursday’s game against the Titans with a right MCL sprain. His return would help fortify Pittsburgh’s struggling offensive line.

The injury is to the same ankle that Roethlisberger injured late last season, but early reports are that Thursday’s tweak was minor.

Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 14-3 win in Week 14 win against Cleveland last season  while hobbling on a high-ankle sprain. After the game, Roethlisberger said “it felt like the middle of my leg was just, cracked. … it felt like my foot was outside of my leg.”

None of the reporters at Thursday’s practice reported seeing Roethlisberger’s foot detach from his leg, so chances are, he plays against the Bengals.

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