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Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think injury-causing hit was a dirty play

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The Pittsburgh Steelers may have eked out a tight win against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but the victory came at a heavy cost.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a nasty looking injury after taking an awkward hit to the knee during the third quarter of the game, and didn't return.


It has now been revealed that Big Ben is going to miss the next four-to-six weeks of the regular season, but the veteran slinger says he doesn't think the low tackle on him was dirty at all, holding no ill will towards Rams safety Mark Barron.


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Barron did hit Roethlisberger low, but he didn’t seem to target the knee and Roethlisberger still had the ball so there wasn’t too much to complain about, the outcome was just unfortunate.

That seems to be Roethlisberger’s opinion as well. He said Tuesday, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media, that “I don’t think it was dirty.”

Roethlisberger has said that there’s no specific timeline yet for him to return to the field, despite the 4-6 week tag being bandied about by the media.

The quarterback said the MCL sprain has to heal for stability and that dealing with the bone bruise on the knee will be about pain tolerance, adding that it “is a lot of pain” right now. But, unlike what most have been saying, it is the MCL that has to feel better before he can make that return to the gridiron, rather than the bone bruise.

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