Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has underlined that he will do everything he can to play in Week 3 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. During a Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Roethlishberger suffered a left pectoral injury.
Roethlisberger took 10 quarterback hits during the game. "I don't know how it happened, I just know it happened early in the game," Roethlisberger said. In the second quarter, Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby beat right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor with an inside move, and his helmet drilled Roethlisberger just below his left shoulder.
"Typically, when I reach for something outside the framework of my body or, you know, trying to push up off, get off the ground," Roethlisberger said, describing when he felt pain with the injury.
Roethlisberger expected the Raiders to bring pressure
"We knew going in there, they had a good rush that was going to be high-motor guys, were going to get after it," Roethlisberger said.
"And so, you know, you have to prepare for that. But we all need to be better to eliminate hits, to have a better run game, to have more big plays, to be more efficient. So it's on all of us to help those things."
Guars Kevin Dotson admitted the line didn't support Roethlisberger after he suffered a bone-crushing hit. "It was definitely embarrassing," Dotson said. "We weren't noticing it during the game, but when you watch it and rewatch it, I really didn't go pick him up like I was supposed to and stuff like that.
"We know it's never going to happen ever again, so it's our mistake." Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that Roethlisberger took was too many hits. "He took too many hits," Tomlin said.
"We can run the ball better. We can get the ball out of his hand quicker. We can stay on schedule and not get behind the sticks and get in situations where the line of gain is so far that it enhances the rush." Roethlisberger plays behind a young offensive line and he doesn't want to throw them under the bus.
"I tell the guys a lot, no one has to be great," he said. "If we're all good and collectively we can be great. You know, offense is such a group effort. It takes literally all 11 guys on every play to make it work, and when one guy's a little off here or there, you can affect the whole thing. So we're just going to keep learning and growing and figuring out how we can try to get better."