“Me knowing Ben he’ll be out there competing and fighting his tail off to be out there.” — Hines Ward.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Scott Brown this afternoon:

High ankle sprains won’t keep quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey from playing next Monday night when the Steelers visit San Francisco.

That is what Pouncey said following the Steelers’ first practice since a 14-3 win over the Browns last Thursday night.

Both Roethlisberger and Pouncey got hurt in the game, and only Roethlisberger returned from his ankle injury.

“We’re both fine,” Pouncey said. “We’ll be alright to go on Monday Night Football.”

Roethlisberger, who has a walking boot on his left foot, was at Steelers’ headquarters today but he did not attend practice. Pouncey had been in a walking boot, but he said today that his left ankle has progressed to the point that he doesn’t need the extra protection.

You can read more from Mr. Brown here.