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Ben Roethlisberger was hit by Neville Gallimore, who accidentally stabbed defender DeMarcus Lawrence. It didn’t look good, especially as the Steelers midfielder immediately grabbed his left knee.
The Steelers have called the timeout for Roethlisberger to stay in the game.
Then he launched four consecutive finishes, including a 17-yard touch for James Washington with 1:10 remaining.
But Roethlisberger immediately left into the locker room, missing out on three strikes after the Steelers regained the ball after a CeeDee Lamb mess and converted into Chris Boswell̵7;s record-breaking 59-yard goal.
“Someone hit me on the knee,” said Roethlisberger, through ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “It feels like a little bent on my knees. Part of the football game. Boys are always beaten. There was some discomfort and so we thought, at the end of the inning, we’ll go in and look at it. The doctor just wanted me to keep him up for the second half, so I just need to keep it loose and keep warm. “
Roethlisberger shot 14-19 in 111 yards and a touch the ball in the first half. He was 15 in 23 for 195 yards and two tackles in the second half to bring the Steelers back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth half. Steelers followed with 13 points.
“I don’t want to let my boys down,” said Roethlisberger. “I think a lot of times the flow of people and people is looking at me on the sidelines, they’re like, ‘Okay, Ben; We believe in you. ‘ I just don’t want to let them down. I want to give all I have and fight. I wish we didn’t have backups in that fourth quarter.
“I wish I played better early in the games and we have flourished, and we don’t need to do that. But that’s the way it is. If we run into a situation like this we have to score late or have to win in the fourth half, as long as we win, I will accept it.