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Roethlisberger questionable, Pouncey out for Monday night

Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger waits out the final moments of the Steelers NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Reuters

Nine days after suffering a sprained ankle that didn’t keep Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from finishing a game against the Browns, Roethlisberger officially has a 50-50 chance of playing on Monday night against the 49ers.

The team has announced that Roethlisberger is questionable.

On last night’s episode of NBC SportsTalk, Peter King explained that mixed signals are coming from the team as to whether Roethlisberger will play.  Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger has a Grade 1 high ankle sprain, the mildest form of sprain.

More problematic for the Steelers, especially if Roethlisberger plays with reduced mobility, is the fact that center Maurkice Pouncey has been ruled out, also with a Grade 1 high ankle sprain.  Pouncey’s absence requires left guard Doug Legursky to slide over to center.  When that happened during the Week 14 win over the Browns, former starting left guard Chris Kemoeatu was penalized three times in two quarters.

Trai Essex is expected to get the nod at left guard.

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79 Responses to “Roethlisberger questionable, Pouncey out for Monday night”
  1. redguy12588 says: Dec 17, 2011 2:10 PM

    Pouncey is one of the best young centers in the league, but the Steelers can live without him for a week. Roethlisberger is another story, they’re not winning without him.

  2. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 17, 2011 2:10 PM

    How do I get the feeling Drama Queen Ben will make a HEROIC comeback from that brutal GRADE ONE ankle sprain (the mildest kind). Nobody embellishes injuries like the rapist.

  3. earthtopft says: Dec 17, 2011 2:10 PM

    Ben hates sitting on the bench, people passing by are constantly offering him change, cigarettes, and the rest of their sandwich.

  4. norcalmafia says: Dec 17, 2011 2:14 PM

    No Staley or Willis,Harrison,Gore,Pouncy lot of banged up guys..This will be interesting to see how this turns out…

  5. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 17, 2011 2:19 PM

    Dear 49rs, you’re welcome.
    Sincerely, the Browns D

  6. fancyleague says: Dec 17, 2011 2:23 PM

    Quoting every braindead Browns, Bengals, and Ravens fan on this board:

    “Ben’s just milking a mild sprain because he’s a drama queen. No, I didn’t see the play. Why do you ask?”

  7. danrooneyii says: Dec 17, 2011 2:28 PM

    I remember when you guys were trying to tell everyone Ben was a game manager.

  8. mikemyditka says: Dec 17, 2011 2:37 PM

    Of course Ben is faking…

    In fact, I bet the Browns defender that twisted it last game is in on the conspiracy too…

    The truth is, he has no ankle injury, no thumb injury, didnt really have an appendectomy, faked a broken nose, and had never had a concussion.

    And why would he? He hardly ever gets hit in games, and when he does he goes down very easily so as to not take any extra punishment.

    Everyone knows that Ben is the easiest QB in the league to tackle because he’s afraid of contact.

  9. flakazoid says: Dec 17, 2011 2:47 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    How do I get the feeling Drama Queen Ben will make a HEROIC comeback from that brutal GRADE ONE ankle sprain (the mildest kind). Nobody embellishes injuries like the rapist.
    ——————————————————-
    Do you really think Roethlisberger makes out the injury report? It’s released by the team, based on a league formula of how much the player practices.

    If you’re gonna hate…hate intelligently, would ya?!

  10. ocplaytime says: Dec 17, 2011 2:51 PM

    Casey. Even though you think you are an expert on ankle sprains and jurist prudence(feel free to look that up), just because you can make it to the fridge with a papercut doesn’t make you a tough guy. On the rapist comment, move on, never charged, never convicted, never happened.

  11. vermonator says: Dec 17, 2011 2:54 PM

    Sometimes a healthy back-up is better than a wounded starter and I think that bodes well this Monday for the Niners. Although, I doubt the 49ers D fears Charlie Batch. Either way it should be a close game.

  12. brotzelj says: Dec 17, 2011 3:02 PM

    50/50 for a QB like Ben = starting.

  13. rmc1995 says: Dec 17, 2011 3:04 PM

    I saw the play. It was just as bad looking as when Matt Ryan bent his ankle against the Lions. Of course no media or fan base finds it necessary to convince the football world Ryan is tough. I wonder why?

    Roethlisburger is no longer a game manager. The Steelers would win Super Bowls when he was expected to simply manage a game.

  14. fancyleague says: Dec 17, 2011 3:06 PM

    Healthy Charlie Batch is nowhere near gimpy Ben Roethlisberger.

  15. joeinoh says: Dec 17, 2011 3:08 PM

    Mullets, NASCAR jackets and occasional teeth. I love the Steeler fan.

  16. steelersownyou says: Dec 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    He is who tebow prays to. He’s GOD…HE’LL PLAY!

  17. bigbensahero says: Dec 17, 2011 3:23 PM

    Big Ben is a hero. He is the greatest player ever in the NFL and I cannot wait to see him come back from a leg amputation and lead the Steelers to victory on Monday Night. Be there. I will.

  18. mattsffrd says: Dec 17, 2011 3:24 PM

    As a Niners fan, I want him to play…no excuses. We need to see where the team really is before the playoffs start.

  19. ravensman says: Dec 17, 2011 3:25 PM

    fancyleague says: Dec 17, 2011 2:23 PM

    Quoting every braindead Browns, Bengals, and Ravens fan on this board……

    More times than not my comments about the Steelers are positive and respectful. Is that what you mean by “braindead?” I respect most Steeler fans – comments like yours is why I don’t respect them all.
    In my opinion – if the Steelers defense can rattle Alex Smith the way the Ravens did, there really would be no need to risk further injury to Ben’s ankle.

  20. upyoursnfu says: Dec 17, 2011 3:26 PM

    Thank you Browns…to think the Browns could have drafted a QB (Ben) from the same state they play in but instead they took a loud mouth, overrated TE who isn’t on their team anymore…Thanks Cleveland, thanks alot.

  21. knowerofallthings says: Dec 17, 2011 3:26 PM

    the drama queen will play and we all know it

  22. nyj10 says: Dec 17, 2011 3:30 PM

    if Ben is out, then Mendenhall will have to run more, if pouncy is out, then there is no running game and they r screwed

  23. johnnyshore says: Dec 17, 2011 3:53 PM

    I hope Ben plays. I’d prefer to see the teams at full health, or near full health, so it can be as good of a game as it’s being hyped up to be. Although, with San Fran’s best defensive player being out, (Willis), I guess no Big Ben would even the playing field. Hopefully he plays though, so the Niners can end his career, not just his season. I don’t root for injuries, except when that player is a rapist, or a murderer (Ray Lewis).

  24. goawayeverybody says: Dec 17, 2011 4:11 PM

    The 49ers have a better pass rush than the Browns. Prepare to see Pig Pen knocked on his butt a lot.

  25. njhitman says: Dec 17, 2011 4:35 PM

    You see all these Ravens fans say Bens a fake he’s not hurt . So was RayRay hurt or was it something more . You talk alot about other player how tough they are but your best player sat with a hang nail So please keep talking Keep bringing up Ben with no charges which your team had one player that KILLED ppl and one still waiting on charges the case is still open

  26. playitfunky says: Dec 17, 2011 4:38 PM

    LOL grade 1 sprain? They made it out like dude broke his ankle and played on it.

  27. marshmont says: Dec 17, 2011 4:52 PM

    the steelers have had more success since ben came into the league than any other team. i don’t feel sorry for the steelers. their fans are spoiled to death. it is the ravens turn.

  28. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 17, 2011 5:06 PM

    Not a steelers or big Ben fan but if you don’t think he’s tough you are delusional.

  29. njhitman says: Dec 17, 2011 5:19 PM

    playitfunky says:Dec 17, 2011 4:38 PM

    LOL grade 1 sprain? They made it out like dude broke his ankle and played on it.
    ——————————————
    Would love to see you play our your team QB play after that hit It looked like his leg was riped off

  30. Bubby Brister says: Dec 17, 2011 5:20 PM

    “Sometimes a healthy back-up is better than a wounded starter and I think that bodes well this Monday for the Niners. Although, I doubt the 49ers D fears Charlie Batch. Either way it should be a close game.”

    ———

    Ben plays better when he’s hurt. Be very careful what you wish for.

    The most underrated play of Ben’s career (IMO) came on a 3rd and 18 against the Bills a few plays after he got his ankle twisted (badly). Youtube “Roethlisberger Bills Nov 28″.

    He just always seems to get this legendary swag thing going on when he gets dinged up. It’s unexplainable.

  31. njhitman says: Dec 17, 2011 5:23 PM

    Boy Raven fans know how to talk in Nov and Dec but when it come’s down to Jan and Feb THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO CRY!!!!! Do something in the postseason and then come and talk

  32. Ricardo Grande says: Dec 17, 2011 5:26 PM

    The Browns may not have much overall, but they DO have the number two-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

    Teams may walk away from Cleveland with a win, but they’ll walk away with a bad limp, too…

  33. bigbensahero says: Dec 17, 2011 5:33 PM

    johnnyshore says:
    I hope Ben plays. I’d prefer to see the teams at full health, or near full health, so it can be as good of a game as it’s being hyped up to be. Although, with San Fran’s best defensive player being out, (Willis), I guess no Big Ben would even the playing field. Hopefully he plays though, so the Niners can end his career, not just his season. I don’t root for injuries, except when that player is a rapist, or a murderer (Ray Lewis).
    ————————————————-
    You don’t get it, do you? Big Ben cannot be denyed his chance to be a hero. If you chop his arm off, he grows a better one back, lickety split. If you cut off both his legs, he’ll be back next week looking in bathrooms for your sister! He’s that good!

    To all those haters out there: Ben is EVERYBODY’S hero. He has enough greatness to be passed around. So, stop the hate and join the bandwagon!

  34. njhitman says: Dec 17, 2011 5:34 PM

    Breaking News from Bmore Ok your a fan of the Ravens (ya) So why hate on Pittsburgh (because their better ) Ok so how many SuperBowls dur the Ravens have ( I think one but it was by luck) Ok how many AFC champingships (A 1 I think ) Ok then how many AFC North Titles then ( Well you know I can’t count over one if we have that many since we have one of the worst school systems in america

  35. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 17, 2011 5:50 PM

    @njhitman:
    How many years have the Ravens been a team? Hint: Subtract 1996 from 2011.
    The Ravens won one championship in their first 15 years and been in the playoffs many years.

    How many times did the Steelers even make the playoffs in their first 50 years?

  36. antibenapalooza says: Dec 17, 2011 5:59 PM

    bigbensahero, here is YOUR hero:

    Pittsburgh is an ugly place these days.

  37. 8man says: Dec 17, 2011 6:05 PM

    I. Hate. The. Steelers.

  38. mjkelly77 says: Dec 17, 2011 6:08 PM

    “ocplaytime says:Dec 17, 2011 2:51 PM

    Casey. Even though you think you are an expert on ankle sprains and jurist prudence(feel free to look that up), just because you can make it to the fridge with a papercut doesn’t make you a tough guy. On the rapist comment, move on, never charged, never convicted, never happened.”

    Hey Einstein, I think you meant jurisprudence.
    Typical comment from an ignorant fool who watches too many lawyer shows on TV and thinks he understands the dialogue. Everyone knows OJ killed his ex-wife. Everyone also knows that fat a$$ Ben is an immature turd of a rapist.

  39. bigbensahero says: Dec 17, 2011 6:20 PM

    @antibenapalooza:
    Thanks for the pic, but…
    I’m thinkin’ the middle face should have been fuzzed out, instead of the one on the right.

    With that said – SIX RINGS BABY!!! Big Ben is our hero and will make it a Stairway to 7. I really don’t understand why people don’t worship him and bother to root for other teams. The Steelers are the only team and BB is the only hero anyone needs to have.

  40. koenig61 says: Dec 17, 2011 6:20 PM

    I dont have a dog in this fight, i just like reading how people respond to the stories posted.

    Anyone who watched the game, saw Bens leg go one way and his foot the other. Marshall Faulk, Dieon Sanders, and Michael Irvin all said the hit looked very bad, and that when they had High ankle sprains they were extremely painful, and doubted Ben would be able to come back in the next half let alone next week or maybe even 2-3 weeks.

    So a certain professional football talk site is trying to stir things up by making Ben out to be a drama queen, as if to say Ben wasnt hurt last week against the Browns.

    Maurkice Pouncey also has a high ankle sprain grade 1 and he didnt return to the Browns game, nor is he playing this week.

    So apparently a high ankle sprain grade 1 is painful enough to keep a player from returning to the game (Pouncey) and its also painful enough to keep you from playing the next week as well. Either that or Pouncey is faking his injury and just wanted to rest the final 3 1/2 quarters of the Browns game and he wants to rest this week as well?

    From what I’ve read its actually easier to recover once you have had a high ankle sprain as Pouncey did last year prior to the SB, so if anything Pouncey should have returned before Ben.

    If the media wants to hype up Bens toughness to hero status thats on them, just as they hyped up Tony Romos punctured lung.

    However any knowledgeable fan knows a tough QB when he sees one. And regardless of what you think of the Steelers or Ben, I for one respect his toughness.

  41. eknirb says: Dec 17, 2011 6:31 PM

    here in the Bay Area, we hope Ben stays home. Nothing personal, big guy.

  42. Deb says: Dec 17, 2011 6:41 PM

    The key phrase in this story for me is that Essex will be starting at guard. I’m not a Kemo fan. Legursky does a good job whenever he’s called upon, but Pouncey will be missed. I couldn’t be more thrilled with his play but am starting to be a little concerned about his durability.

    I don’t have any problem with the team sending mixed signals about the QB. The only reason teams are required to announce their starters and detail player injuries is to help out the boys in Vegas. It’s illegal to bet on football in most of the country, but the NFL wants to accommodate oddsmakers even if it hurts competitive strategizing. To heck with that.

  43. ocplaytime says: Dec 17, 2011 6:45 PM

    I didn’t realize there were people who never make a typo. You are a typical “I know everything” moron. Next time you are in a pick up game ask yourself “why am I always picked last”. To the dumbass who says the Ravens have only been a team 15 years. The organization has been around over 60 years. They were the Browns before they moved.

  44. Deb says: Dec 17, 2011 6:50 PM

    @mjkelly777 …

    Baby, even if you think you are an expert in jurisprudence, you’re not. Ben was first accused by a woman who sent text messages the day after their one-niter telling friends she couldn’t wait to see him again. Her statement of events does not match the time stamps on her text messages that night. While she was supposedly crying in her truck post-rape, she was actually texting her boyfriend and joking that he looked like Ben. A year later, she ran into financial trouble and sued for $3 million, claiming rape. The cops have said they have no evidence any assault occurred.

    The second accusation was made, not by the alleged victim, but by her friends, that Ben had thrown out of the party for ragging him about the other lawsuit. The accuser initially said they didn’t even have sex, then changed her story at her pals’ urging. Her medical exam found no evidence of intercourse. No arrest was made because the DA said they didn’t even have probable cause to believe a crime was committed. And contrary to popular lore, those are the only two accusations that have ever been made against Roethlisberger.

    If you’ll recall, in the O.J. case, they had two dead bodies, he was arrested and tried, and after the sloppiest prosecution in modern history, he was acquitted. The only commonality in these situations is that they both involve guys who’ve played football. Next time, instead of making ridiculous accusations just because you hate the team, try checking the facts.

  45. ravensj5 says: Dec 17, 2011 7:12 PM

    With this not being head trauma and me not wanting to see anyone get hurt (not even steelers players) I hope Ben plays…..that would only be make the ankle worse…..with the playoffs coming up that can only be good….
    I would think the steelers would rest him..even if they lost they will still be a wild card….

  46. koenig61 says: Dec 17, 2011 7:15 PM

    @deb,
    I just love when you put people in their place. If Mike F had any sense he’d hire you as a writer, or at the very least maybe some sort of point counter point column. So when professional Football Tabloid posted their columns, then you could post your thoughts with actual facts.

    You would think that before anyone posts something on here they would do a little research before just saying “Steelers suck”, “Patriots Cheat”, Or whatever the current mob mentality is saying.

  47. discosucs2005 says: Dec 17, 2011 8:09 PM

    Most 49ers fans want Ben to start and be healthy so we can really gauge where the 49ers are as a team. Winning (and may Tebow help us if we lose) against a very hobbled Ben, or Batch will show us nothing going forward.

    @Deb

    You aren’t going to win anyone over. There are the people that understand how the law works, and realize that there clearly wasn’t enough evidence to even charge Ben with a crime, and there are the people that are just going to believe Ben is a rapist because the Steelers have won more Super Bowls than anyone else. Responding to the latter doesn’t do anyone any good (with one NotaBle exCeption).

  48. steelernation1 says: Dec 17, 2011 8:38 PM

    @discosucs2005

    it isnt that no one knows the law its the fact that we have a bunch of over grown children that have issues with themselves so instead they take it out on the rest of the world.or they just dont know any better..

  49. jeepin08 says: Dec 17, 2011 8:52 PM

    Grade 1 ankle sprain ? By the way the rapist acted after the hit I thought it was broken in at least 12 places. But since it’s only a grade 1 ankle sprain, that means it was only sprained in 12 places. At least thats the way the hollywood expressions would make it out to be. He’s a ham for the cam and played it up like a true actor. All that was missing was the thumbs up ordeal.
    So when they lose this week, that will be the reason. If he somehow pulls it out, he will be the hero of the week because physically, there’s nothing wrong. And Tebow will get made at Jen for stealing some of his headlines.

  50. scottcochran67 says: Dec 17, 2011 9:00 PM

    @ edgarpoe2

    Edgar you forgot, according to steeler fans there was not a professional football league until 1974.

  51. Deb says: Dec 17, 2011 10:12 PM

    @koenig61 …

    Thank you for the positive feedback :)

    @discosucs2005 …

    ROFL … do you think that’s a revelation? I’m not trying to win anyone over. But just as the carnival clowns enjoy their endless raperaperape litany, I occasionally enjoy throwing a baseball and dunking them in the tank of cold, hard facts before moving on to the next attraction.

  52. commandercornpone says: Dec 17, 2011 10:17 PM

    he’s a flopper.

  53. franknunley57 says: Dec 17, 2011 10:18 PM

    The Niners have five wins in the big game and zero losses.

  54. steelernation1 says: Dec 17, 2011 10:29 PM

    franknunley57 says:
    Dec 17, 2011 10:18 PM
    The Niners have five wins in the big game and zero losses.
    …………………………………………………………………………
    umm niners lost to the ravens and that was a big game so your point has no value here

  55. rolli1967 says: Dec 17, 2011 10:33 PM

    Deb says:Dec 16, 2011 11:15 AM

    @twitter:Chapman_Jamie …

    So glad I took the time to go to Twitter and read the feed. He did not make that comment about James Farrior, you vicious little troll–and you know it. Guess we have our share of snakes right here, don’t we. PFT should check his Twitter feed and remove your lying little post … and you with it.

    And all this stuff about Shell and Cottrell being independent thinkers is nonsense. Their league puppets–and Al is rolling in his grave at Shell shilling for the league. They just suspended a linebacker for making a tackle of a runner during a game. If they think he lowered his head too much, flag it. Ray Lewis, who’s been fined multiple times, launched at a defenseless receiver for a helmet-to-helmet in our last game and received just a fine. Goodell is grandstanding to take the heat off the Browns for failing to follow the concussion protocol. They’re the snakes in James’s grass, not his teammates.

    People who don’t see this for what it is haven’t looked up the multiple times other players have continued to apply the same hits despite being flagged and warned. James is just an easy target because he has a big mouth
    ——————————————————–

    Hi Deb, Still fightin the good fights I see….LOL:)

    I agree and disagree with various parts of your post. Yes I agree that trollers posting falsehoods or trash should be put in their place…Bravo Deb for doing that!

    I disagree with you on Harrison’s treatment. The 1 game suspension is appropriate, he is a repeat violater of the tackling rules that I’m sure all NFL players are intimately familiar with.

    In the military we have rules and regulations aplenty for just about everything imaginable! While I was a supervisor during my last 8 years of active duty, I had to sometimes deal with repeat violaters of rules/regulations who did not get the message the first 2 or 3 times they were disciplined. Then it is time to give the repeat offender a stern kick in the @$$ in the form of losing rank/lots of money via punishment under Article 15, UCMJ. If that did not get their attention, the offending party was shown the door out of the Air Force. The broader civilian world to include the NFL has its own rules, laws, and regulations. My 21 years in the Air Force taught me that rules/regulations are needed and have to be obeyed, otherwise chaos or even loss of life is possible, especially in the military.

    Honestly, I would love a beast like Harrison to play for the Browns so please don’t think I’m being biased because I’m a Browns fan…I would have the same opinion if he were a Brown. The fact is that Harrison knows what the rules are and yet he chooses to repeately violate those rules, so he must therefore face the consequences of his actions. Harrison is not special, he has to follow the NFL rules like all the other NFL players. The fines he has racked up did not get his attention, and it looks like this 1 game suspension probably will not either, so the next logical step is multi-game suspensions. If that does not work he should probably think long and hard about retiring.

    I’m not saying I agree or disagree with the tackling rules, maybe they should be changed or tweeked further, but as long as a rule or regulation is on the books it needs to be enforced equally throughout the NFL and the punishments given out for violations uniform fair, and equal throughout the NFL.

  56. bigbensahero says: Dec 17, 2011 10:45 PM

    @koenig61
    How can you not have a dog in this fight? And you call yourself a die-hard Steelers fan. I think you are a phoney if you ddon’t have a dog in this fight.

    Big Ben doesn’t need fakey fans like you.

  57. mikemart77 says: Dec 17, 2011 10:48 PM

    If the Ravens win Sunday, Ben won’t play. In fact I bet the Steelers start giving multiple starters some rest this week, unless they think they have a shot at the division.

    If they’re not going to get the playoff bye, they might as well start resting anyone who is banged up now.

    Resting players has the added bonus of killing the Monday Night TV numbers and annoying Goodell.

  58. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 17, 2011 11:02 PM

    Steelernation1: He meant THE big game, as in the super bowl. 5-0.

  59. franknunley57 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:26 PM

    @dawhorsefeathers:

    Thanks for translating!

  60. franknunley57 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:34 PM

    @dawhorsefeathers:

    PFT must have some software that won’t allow repeat posts. So i had to repeat that we are cinco and zero in the Championship Showdown Sunday, creatively.

  61. Deb says: Dec 17, 2011 11:35 PM

    @rolli1967 …

    Hi there! Haven’t seen you in a while. Didn’t realize you were career military–thank you for your service!

    Yes, you’re pretty objective on these issues, and I understand what you’re saying about James. If anything, I’m probably too quick to defend him because of my frustration with Goodell and my “Big Picture” take on all this.

    James did lower his head just prior to the impact, for whatever reason. You are allowed to hit runners helmet to helmet, and Colt was running–although he passed just before the collision. But James did lower his head. So you could make the case that it was a bad hit. However, that was his first incident in 17 games and more than 100 tackles. So obviously he already has gotten with the program and changed how he plays. And Colt being on the run should have been viewed as an extenuating circumstance.

    What happened here wasn’t about James at all. The league was taking heat and getting scrutiny for letting Colt back into the game without following its supposed concussion protocol. Suspending James deflected the attention from the reality that the league has no real concussion protocol. It was just another ruse to convince the public that the game isn’t dangerous–only mean ol’ players are dangerous … except that isn’t true. The game is inherently dangerous.

    Goodell has no data to show his fines increase safety–and he’s not even trying to collect data for that purpose. We know measures that would improve safety that aren’t being pursued because they involve costly equipment contracts. None of this is about protecting player safety. It’s about appeasing the public and warding off Congressional hearings. It’s about money. And James is an easy scapegoat because he runs his big mouth and claims he won’t change when he already has. That’s what frustrates me. I’m not worried about how we’ll perform without him because we won four straight without him. I’m angry because Goodell is pulling a fast one on everybody–and James is helping him.

    And neither Goodell nor the officials have ever meted out flags, fines, or punishments fairly and equally.

  62. Deb says: Dec 17, 2011 11:43 PM

    bigbensahero says:

    @koenig61
    How can you not have a dog in this fight? And you call yourself a die-hard Steelers fan. I think you are a phoney if you ddon’t have a dog in this fight.

    Big Ben doesn’t need fakey fans like you.

    ==================================
    When did he call himself a diehard Steelers fan? By saying he had no dog in this fight, I understood that to mean he’s not a Steelers fan. And that being the case, he was pretty complimentary of our QB.

  63. titsburgfeelers says: Dec 17, 2011 11:59 PM

    Hahahahahahaha

  64. clevername1 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:15 AM

    @bigbensahero

    You don’t seem as though you are a football fan. Maybe you should keep both hands on the keyboard when you speak of bb.

  65. franknunley57 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:17 AM

    @steelernation1:

    pittsburgh has lost Twice in THAT Game.

  66. franknunley57 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:35 AM

    4 of pitts victories in the SB came in the era when the raiders & steel curtain were the teams using steroids.

  67. reedhof20 says: Dec 18, 2011 1:06 AM

    @njhitman…
    Please, please learn punctuation. And stop showing how dumb you really are. Lewis was out with turf toe. He really WAS out. No drama. He didn’t play. Everyone knows Ben is going to play. Everyone is just sick of the drama.

  68. jpoppl says: Dec 18, 2011 1:06 AM

    You know I read these posts after any article about the Steelers and it is very obvious there are a lot of jealous Browns, Ravens, and Bengals fans out there. The only ones I feel for are the Browns fans because they do have some bad luck, As far as ravens fans it has been a long time since the Steelers were beat three times in a season by one team. Fact is even if they do get beat in the playoffs it will be next year when we can look forward to a winner in Pittsburgh. You see it is easy to be a Steelers fan! They compete every year for the most part. There are many teams that don’t even show up every year. So have your time in the sun for now because we still may meet again and who knows you may be eating some crow, that’s sort of a Raven right? GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY!

  69. franknunley57 says: Dec 18, 2011 1:10 AM

    The other 2 victories came against the nfc west. the division that pitt fans constantly claim is THE weakest in football.

  70. oaktown49er says: Dec 18, 2011 5:53 AM

    steelernation1 says:Dec 17, 2011 10:29 PM

    franknunley57 says:
    Dec 17, 2011 10:18 PM
    The Niners have five wins in the big game and zero losses.
    …………………………………………………………………………
    umm niners lost to the ravens and that was a big game so your point has no value here
    ———————————————————-The “big game” is the Super Bowl.
    All that aside Ben is playing. Matt Ryan did take a very similar hit against the Lions. It is not like when Ken Norton went through Bryant Young’s leg. (Sorry to bring that up my fellow faithful)

  71. godzilla111111 says: Dec 18, 2011 6:47 AM

    @ njhitman

    Ray Lewis killed no one.

    The 2 guys with him were tried for murder and found innocent.

    Just drop your inaccurate, stale and childish comments will you?

  72. steelernation1 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:40 AM

    godzilla111111 says:
    Dec 18, 2011 6:47 AM
    @ njhitman

    Ray Lewis killed no one.

    The 2 guys with him were tried for murder and found innocent.

    Just drop your inaccurate, stale and childish comments will you?
    …………………………………………………………………………
    same goes with ben and people sayin he is a rapist on here.so we have a ongoing issue here with childish comments.

  73. steelernation1 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:44 AM

    franknunley57 says:
    Dec 18, 2011 12:17 AM
    @steelernation1:

    pittsburgh has lost Twice in THAT Game.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    your point being?they have 6 rings to go with them 2 losses.so again your point being?how many other teams can say that?

    also franknunley57 says:
    Dec 18, 2011 12:35 AM
    4 of pitts victories in the SB came in the era when the raiders & steel curtain were the teams using steroids.
    …………………………………………………………………………
    and you are saying this is a proven fact that every player on those 2 teams were on steroids?so basicly as for the Pats at least 2 of there SB wins shouldnt count for cheating?

  74. goforgin01 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:57 AM

    If you’re Tomlin, you have to think about sitting Ben if Ravens win. Marathon, not a sprint.

    Not about toughness. Nobody can dispute that with Ben, not even us Steeler-haters in Bmore.

    Cutler, Bradford, others could learn a lot about the definition of “gamer” from him.

  75. franknunley57 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:33 AM

    @steelernation1:

    yes,i believe the Pats cheated in 1 SB. Just ask Marshall Faulk or Mike Martz. Both have been quoted strongly stating that there was no way the Pats could have been prepared for some of the Rams offensive packages had they not seen them before. (practices filmed illegally)

  76. Deb says: Dec 18, 2011 1:46 PM

    franknunley57, you are just a walking encyclopedia of inaccuracy. It’s well-documented that players from every team used steroids from the late 60s until the mid-80s when they were finally banned by the league. I don’t know where you get that was unique to Steelers and Raiders. 49ers used them, too, and I guarantee that includes some of the guys on your early Super Bowl squads.

    As far as we know, a couple of guys on our offensive line used them, but they weren’t used by our famed defense. But it really doesn’t matter because their widespread use throughout the league means it was an even playing field for all teams. Based on your posts, I’m not sure you’re capable of grasping that concept, but it means our Super Bowl wins were just as legit as yours.

    Grow up, Sparky :roll:

  77. koenig61 says: Dec 18, 2011 2:01 PM

    @bigbenshero

    Debs right I was actually trying to compliment Ben. Sorry if you missed that fact.

    I just love good football and to me good football is also defense. Something that Goodell doesnt apparently appreciate. I get what hes doing. Attracting the fantasy football crowd. More points equals more fantasy football points, which equals more fans.

    I also get that he wants to increase safety, the problem is he has no clue on how to do it. hes doing it on the fly. No set rules or guidelines in place. If suspensions are going to come from past penalties, then there needs to be a list for every team of exactly how many penalties they have so that teams can tell those players, “Hey you are only 2 more penalties or 3 away from a suspension.”

  78. franknunley57 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:32 PM

    Hey Deb:

    Get over yourself. What about your 2 losses? We don’t have any of those. I don’t know what it feels like to lose the last game of the season. That must suck. Can’t wait till this game is over and our teams articles are no longer cross referenced. You can go back to being the smartest person in Pittsburgh without subjecting niner fans to your diatribes.

  79. franknunley57 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:35 PM

    @deb:

    Sparky?? ….Really Deb

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