Roethlisberger plays down injury concerns


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered an ankle injury late in Sunday's AFC wild-card blowout win over the Miami Dolphins, but he insists it will not affect his status as Pittsburgh advance to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

Roethlisberger was slow to his feet after throwing an interception to Xavien Howard in the fourth quarter of the 30-12 victory.

Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake appeared to roll on top of Roethlisberger's right ankle while he released the pass.

In a walking boot after the game, the hobbled quarterback insisted he will be healthy enough to play Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium against the second-seeded Chiefs.

"You're always worried about being hurt," he told reporters. "I'll be out there next week."

With an 18-point lead and a Steelers win well in hand, it was a curious decision for coach Mike Tomlin to continue playing his starters, including Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger said he was not surprised to be playing so late in a blowout, adding: "I love being out there with the guys."

He threw for 197 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game.