Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up for the Steelers' NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Marcio Jose Sanchez
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not start Saturday when the Steelers face the St. Louis Rams.
Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained left ankle and did not practice this week following a 20-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday. He will be replaced by veteran Charlie Batch, who is 4-2 as a spot starter since joining the Steelers in 2003.
Roethlisberger said Wednesday he would prefer to play and believed his ankle was in pretty good shape after throwing for 330 yards and three interceptions against the 49ers. Yet he watched both practices this week in sweat pants as Batch took the snaps with the first team.
Roethlisberger last missed a start due to injury in 2009, when a concussion forced him to sit out a loss to Baltimore.