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Friday, July 19, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger

Eric Reid ejected after hitting Ben Roethlisberger on slide

Eric Reid Ben Roethlisberger

Eric Reid was ejected from Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Carolina Panthers game after hitting Ben Roethlisberger as the quarterback was sliding on a scramble during the third quarter.

The Steelers had a 3rd-and-8 at the Carolina 32 with under two minutes to go in the third quarter. Roethlisberger took the snap in the shotgun and scrambled for a first down. The middle of the field was open, so he kept going and only began to slide as Reid was approaching him.

Reid dove into Big Ben as he was sliding and hit the defenseless quarterback in the head area.

A scuffle broke out as Steelers players came to their quarterback’s defense. Officials immediately threw a penalty flag and decided to eject Reid for unnecessary roughness.

Reid was seen making up with Roethlisberger after the hit, indicating they ended on good terms.

Though Reid’s hit may be considered unnecessary, what should not be overlooked is how late Roethlisberger slid. If quarterbacks want the protection, they need to slide earlier otherwise they risk getting hit. When you see the play in real-time, Reid had no chance to avoid making contact with Roethlisberger.

Ben Roethlisberger to continue wearing cleats honoring synagogue victims

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger wore cleats in Week 9 paying tribute to the 11 people who were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue last month, and the Steelers quarterback will do the same on Thursday night.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared a photo of the footwear Roethlisberger will be sporting when his team hosts the Carolina Panthers, and the cleats once again feature the Star of David as part of the Steelers logo and the message “stronger than hate.” This week’s cleats appear to have one new addition, which is the names of the 11 victims.

Former Steelers community relations manager Michel Rosenthal lost two of her brothers in the shooting, and Roethlisberger and his wife are close with Rosenthal. That is part of the reason Big Ben has chosen to wear the cleats, and it looks like he’s going to continue with that for the foreseeable future.

Ben Roethlisberger goes down after landing on right shoulder, quickly returns

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger went down with a potential injury after being tackled on a scramble early in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s game at Baltimore on Sunday, though he quickly returned to the game.

Big Ben decided to scramble on a 2nd-and-15 and was brought down from behind by Za’Darius Smith. Roethlisberger was down on the ground in pain and was treated by the team’s trainers on the field.

Roethlisberger headed to the sideline and missed a play. He was briefly replaced by backup Josh Dobbs, who came in and completed a first down pass for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger quickly reentered the game and ended up completing a long pass to put Pittsburgh in field goal range, showing he was fine. CBS later reported that Roethlisberger only appeared to have the wind knocked out of him.

Ben Roethlisberger wearing cleats paying tribute to synagogue victims

Ben Roethlisberger

As the Pittsburgh community continues to mourn the loss of 11 people who were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue roughly a week ago, Ben Roethlisberger is planning to pay tribute to all those who were impacted with his footwear on Sunday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared a photo of the cleats Roethlisberger will wear for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, which incorporate the Star of David as part of the Steelers logo and feature the message “stronger than hate.”

As Schefter noted, former Steelers community relations manager Michel Rosenthal lost two of her brothers in the shooting. Roethlisberger and his wife are close with Rosenthal, which is part of what inspired Ben to wear the cleats on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger will ‘push’ for Conner to get ball when Bell returns

Ben Roethlisberger

Second-year running back James Conner has been leaned on heavily by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the unexpected absence of Le’Veon Bell, but Bell is expected to return to the team at some point in the next two weeks. Does that mean it will be back to the bench for Conner?

Not if Ben Roethlisberger has a say in the matter.

During his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan Tuesday, Roethlisberger had high praise for Bell and called him an “awesome football player,” but he said he will urge the coaching staff to keep Conner in the rotation even when Bell returns.

“What I would say is, I don’t think we put [James] on the shelf by any means. … And I will push for James to get as much run as we can because we’ve seen some great things from him in all phases of football,” Roethlisberger said, as transcribed by Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s picking up blitzes, he’s catching the ball, he’s running hard and making plays and playing with a passion, so we need to keep using that.”

It’s unclear what type of role Bell will play if he is ready to go in Week 8 after the bye. The relationship between him and the team is obviously at a low point, and he has given no indication that he plans to soften his stance. You have to wonder if he would consider doing something like Earl Thomas did with the Seattle Seahawks before he got injured, which was to skip practices to preserve his health.

Conner, meanwhile, has averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per carry and had his best game of the season in a win over the Atlanta Falcons last weekend, rushing for 110 yards on 21 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He added another 75 yards on four receptions. You can understand why Roethlisberger wants to keep him involved.

Antonio Brown has funny comment about connection with Roethlisberger

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown delivered a hilarious comment on Friday about his connection with teammate Ben Roethlisberger.

Talking about how things are going with him and Big Ben, Brown compared their connection to WiFi.

That’s a funny comparison, and probably not a bad one. The key is he’s saying they’re always connected, which is a good sign about their relationship.

Brown has caught 29 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns this season. Though his yardage is down compared to his average over the past five seasons, his touchdowns and receptions are in line with his usual stats. The problem is the Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-2-1 and have been playing without Le’Veon Bell, which has been a distraction. Even Brown had an issue when he skipped meetings. Despite that, Big Ben backed his wide receiver.

Ben Roethlisberger shares thoughts on report of Le’Veon Bell’s return

Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers could really use Le’Veon Bell, as they rank 28th in the NFL in total rushing yards and 27th in yards per rushing attempt heading into Week 5. One report this week indicated that help could be on the way within the next month, but Ben Roethlisberger is not ready to jump for joy.

During his weekly radio show on Tuesday, Roethlisberger was asked about the report that Bell plans to return during Pittsburgh’s Week 7 bye and play in Week 8. He said he has not spoken to the star running back and will believe it when he sees it.

Roethlisberger hasn’t really shared his feelings about Bell’s situation publicly, but we know at least some Steelers players seem disgusted with it. The team is currently 1-2-1 and needs to start winning some games, so there’s no question the absence of Bell has hurt in the early part of the year.