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Not bad, kid: Big Ben says Landry Jones' debut 'way better' than his

PITTSBURGH -- For Ben Roethlisberger, watching Landry Jones' 168-yard, two-touchdown relief performance Sunday against Arizona -- his first meaningful NFL snaps -- sparked memories.

In his own debut in Week 2 of 2004 against Baltimore, Roethlisberger also threw for two touchdowns -- along with two picks.

Yes, Roethlisberger said, Jones did "way better" than him.

"I went into Baltimore and my head was spinning," Roethlisberger said Wednesday from his locker. "I know Landry’s a guy that, above the shoulders especially, is a very talented, very smart football player, knows his stuff, a guy even I would have confidence being in the league 12 years going up to him and saying what’d you see there, what do you think... He knows what he’s doing."

How badly does Roethlisberger want to see the field? He’s already shopping for knee braces inside the Steelers facility to see which one best stabilizes his knee when he returns from a sprained MCL and bone bruise.

Roethlisberger is eager to hit the practice field, where today he’s expected to participate in throwing drills. Planting and throwing isn’t the issue. The bigger question is, can he protect that knee from a vicious Kansas City pass rush?

"I think I can deal with pain," Roethlisberger said. "Adrenaline helps with that a lot. I think the stability, we’ve got a great training staff and doctors, we have about six knee braces to try... Today is going to be a trial and error thing."