Roethlisberger practices, Mendenhall sits

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks like he is on target to start Sunday after returning for a full practice Thursday. But the same can't be said for running back Rashard Mendenhall, who missed his second straight practice.

Mendenhall, who injured his hamstring last Sunday, would likely be replaced by Isaac Redman. This would mark the first NFL start for Redman, who has averaged 4.9 yards on 22 carries this season.

Roethlisberger practiced with a protective boot and plans to wear specialized footwear to stabilize his sprained left foot. Roethlisberger has made 19 straight starts.

"I have dealt with pain before," Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh reporters Wednesday. "I have played through broken bones and if it is a pain issue, I can play through it. I'll be fine."

Other Steelers starters who didn't practice: nose tackle Casey Hampton (shoulder), left guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee) and defensive end Aaron Smith.

  • BENGALS: Starting safety Chris Crocker (knee) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday. Nickel back Kelly Jennings (hamstring) didn't practice for a second straight day. Right tackle Andre Smith was added to the injury report. He was limited with a foot injury.