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Ben Roethlisberger Active: Steelers Vs. 49ers Will Include Injured Pittsburgh QB

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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)
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)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is active against the San Francisco 49ers despite being limited in practice this week with a sprained left ankle.

Roethlisberger wore a custom-made ankle brace that stretched up his calf while warming up before Monday night's game at San Francisco. He last missed a start due to injury in 2009.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was inactive for the second straight game with a right hamstring injury. Receiver Braylon Edwards has been hampered by a surgically repaired right knee and missed his third straight game.

Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was serving a one-game suspension for a helmet to facemask hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on Dec. 8, and center Maurkice Pouncey was inactive with a sprained left ankle.

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