Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) takes first team reps

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took some first-team reps during Monday's practice, a positive sign as the team prepares for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Roethlisberger, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on Oct. 17, moved well in the pocket and threw with authority while running the no-huddle offense, right tackle Marcus Gilbert said.

"Ben looked really good," Gilbert said. "Ben is a competitor. Never count him out. We're optimistic where he stands right now. As far as him being healthy, 100 percent, that's where I want him to be. Seeing that is very encouraging."

Related players: Landry Jones

Fantasy Impact: 

The Steelers (4-3) will prepare Landry Jones for his second consecutive start in case Roethlisberger can't play, but we've reported for a couple of weeks now that Big Ben may have played up the timetable so he can make an early return. There are reports the team expected him back for Week 9 and based on this article, that's still certainly a possibility.

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