Roethlisberger Wants Clean Bengals Game

Steelers QB hopes dirty stuff is cut out

Jeff Hathhorn
October 10, 2018 - 11:10 am

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

SOUTH SIDE (93.7 the Fan) – Steelers players have said they embrace the rivalry with Baltimore, because it’s tough, physical, emotional, but there is respect between them.  Not the same when talking Steelers-Bengals.

Three of the Steelers star players have been knocked out of at least part of a game in Cincinnati.  Ben Roethlisberger injured for part of a playoff game with a shoulder, Antonio Brown in a playoff game with a concussion and LeVeon Bell out of a regular season game with a knee injury.  All of those hits by the same player, linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Roethlisberger says he respects Burfict’s ability, but not for some of the cheap shots, which includes kicking fullback Roosevelt Nix.

“I’ve said this to him on the football field, he’s a phenomenal football player, very smart, physical, can make all of the plays,” Roethlisberger said.  “You need to know where he is in that sense because of how good he is.”

Burfict has been fined or suspended 12 times and cost him nearly four million dollars.  Roethlisberger doesn’t know if the crackdown on personal fouls recently will really impact this matchup.

“Some of the stuff that happens in that game, the rules were made for it before that,” Roethlisberger said.  “It’s not just about the physicality of the football game to me, it’s when it gets the extracurricular, the dirty stuff that you wish would be cut out of it and hope is cut out this time.”

When asked about how he will stay clean Sunday in Cincinnati, Roethlisberger laughed and said he will tell his offensive linemen to block really well.

“We will put it behind us,” Roethlisberger said of past matchups.  “We are going to play this game like a normal football game, AFC North physical football game.  We can only control half of the players out there though.  We know how important this game is to get a W.”