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Roethlisberger to start vs. Chargers

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PITTSBURGH (AP)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

PAIN TRAIN

Injuries are a part of football, but these players have been hit particularly hard.

Roethlisberger missed the last three weeks with a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib but practiced for the second straight day on Thursday without incident. Roethlisberger said he felt ''good'' but declined to go into details. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he believes Roethlisberger can make all the necessary throws.

The Steelers (7-5) went 1-2 in Roethlisberger's absence, including a 23-20 victory over Baltimore last week behind backup Charlie Batch. Tight end Heath Miller said he hasn't noticed any drop off in velocity from Roethlisberger, who took ''90 percent'' of the snaps with the first team on Thursday.

Pittsburgh is tied with Cincinnati for the AFC's final wild card spot.

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