The Steelers are trying to stay in the playoff hunt, and they got some good news this week after the Associated Press reported that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking like he may be returning soon.

According to the report Roethlisberger threw ‘a few dozen passes’ Wednesday and looks like he’s shown coach Mike Tomlin enough to make him hand the keys back over to the veteran quarterback.

Roethlisberger said in the report that he’s leaving it up to his teammates to decide if they see if his velocity is back where it needs to be.

“I’m getting there,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve got to talk to (tight end) Heath (Miller). He’s my barometer. He lets me know how close I am to 100 percent on velocity and stuff like that.”

For now Tomlin hasn’t named him the starter heading into this Sunday’s match-up against the San Diego Chargers, but after going 1-2 with Roethlisberger out of the line-up he sounded like he has pleased with what he saw during the throwing session.

“I thought it was a positive day for Ben,” Tomlin said. “He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. So, it was positive.”