Roethlisberger's thumb painful as Steelers return

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is doing his best to protect his fractured right thumb.

Roethlisberger didn't take a snap from center during practice on Monday, instead working out of the shotgun and pistol formations to avoid the risk of aggravating the injury.

While he called the thumb painful Roethlisberger insists he should be good to go on Sunday night when the Steelers play at Kansas City. Roethlisberger hurt the thumb in the second half of a win at Cincinnati a couple weeks ago but stayed in the game.

The Steelers also hope to have linebacker LaMarr Woodley back from a strained hamstring. Woodley participated in minor drills Monday but did not work with the first-team defense. He described his prospects as "day-to-day."