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Positive signs for Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown’s injuries

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburg Steelers throws a pass against the Cincinnati Benglas at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers were without their two best offensive players for parts of Saturday night’s win over the Bengals, but the initial reports on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown seem positive.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger came through the locker room briefly Sunday and said his right shoulder was “sore,” but declared himself “day-to-day.”

He had an MRI on his shoulder after taking a hard shot from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, but said there is apparently no ligament damage, though he didn’t offer specifics of the extent of the injury.

He came back to finish the game, but clearly couldn’t throw the same way after Burfict sacked him — and then gave him the business — in the third quarter.

“Coach [Todd Haley] called one deep one in there and, obviously, he had to because time was running out,” Roethlisberger said after the game. “So I went over to the sideline and said, ‘Coach you can’t do that anymore, I can’t throw it that far.’ We knew we had to work our way down the field.”

Dulac’s report also said that Brown, who went into the concussion protocol after taking a hit to the helmet from Burfict, “is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos.”

That’s a quick turnaround considering the jarring blow, and we’ll see when Brown is cleared by an independent neurologist, or whether that’s someone on the football side of things speculating to Dulac about something they can’t possibly know.

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  1. jjb0811 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:07 AM

    That was a heck of a shot Ab took, simply amazing he’s almost cleared through the protocol 1 day after getting nailed. Oh, that’s right they have a playoff game this week. Or he should get his Emmy like the Bengals said.

  2. truthfactory says: Jan 11, 2016 8:14 AM

    If there are in fact different severities of concussions, I don’t see how Antonio Brown’s would be categorized as anything less than “severe”. I remember a couple years ago Austin Collie took a vicious hit similar to that and he went unconcious on his way to the ground and it ended his season ans all but ended his career.

    I don’t see how any truly “independant” doctor would clear him after just 1 week after that hit. But I’m sure that doc will be under a lot of pressure to give him the thumbs up. We shall see what happens….

  3. whodeytn says: Jan 11, 2016 8:20 AM

    Wait, so Brown wasn’t actually hurt? SHOCKER.

  4. Kaz says: Jan 11, 2016 8:23 AM

    Big Ben is a well known drama queen when it comes to injuries and his thirst for the miraculous return storyline. The knowledgeable Cinci fans knew exactly what he was doing when they threw bottles at him as he left. That script was old even though the media continues to fall for it.

    Brown flopped. And you can tell if you look back at the “hit” that brushed up against him. You want to see a dangerous and dirty hit, see hit on Bernard. The one the media ignores and the one who ended up with the worse injury of them all.

    There’s a Steelers media bias and thus Marvin gets attacked for losing control when 2 Steelers coaches and 1 trainer took physical shots at Bengals players and Tomlin gets a pass.

    Steelers coaches getting involved in outcomes of games is a trend. Remember the Tomlin attempted trip. Worse then the rumored Pats cheating scandals. The league won’t do anything about it tho.

  5. pw1265 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:25 AM

    I am not a Steelers fan, but I am so happy they won and sent all those classless morons on Cincinnati home for the next 8 months!!!
    Good job Pitt!

  6. oruacat2 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:26 AM

    LOL! It’s a Festivus miracle!

    No one should be surprised at this.

  7. ctiggs says: Jan 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    Maybe pacman was right, brown was acting.

  8. humbleminded85 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:50 AM

    Does Ben have a sponsorship deal with John Deer or does he just ride it multiple times a year unnecessarily for fun? Is he a Future Hall of Famer? Absolutely. Is he a master of the “Oh look at me I’m “hurt” but watch me miraculously come back to play”? You bet. Even Hines Ward would agree.

  9. bobC927 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:51 AM

    Both of the will play.

  10. johnnyb1976 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:55 AM

    No surprise Brown is ok considering that he sold that hit to the head better than John Cena could.

  11. stoutfiles says: Jan 11, 2016 8:56 AM

    If Brown plays, it’s because they’re ignoring the concussion protocol. He was out cold when he got hit, there’s no way he didn’t have a concussion.

  12. spartan01 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:01 AM

    Its wouldn’t be Steeler football without Ben’s injury drama so fans can see him tough it out.

  13. hafftime says: Jan 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    How long before they land a helicopter on the field for one of Ben’s injuries, have him say he’s questionable all week, and then miraculously play on Sunday ?

  14. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    Brown will be declared 100% fit to play and there will be no questions from the league nor any articles from Pittsburgh Football Talk on the matter because, hey, it’s Pittsburgh, and the usual rules just don’t apply.

  15. Kaz says: Jan 11, 2016 9:14 AM

    If Burfict wanted to lay out Brown he would have. Only person severely hurt was Bernard (no flag).

  16. steelcurtainn says: Jan 11, 2016 9:18 AM

    You are not going to miss a playoff when you suffer one concussion. If it was the regular season, Id think otherwise. AB will play.

  17. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    Maybe Pacman was right when he said to give Brown an academy award for his acting. If he is so clear to go only a couple days after the hit, then he must not have been as hurt as he looked. Hmmmmm….

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    “Does Ben have a sponsorship deal with John Deer or does he just ride it multiple times a year unnecessarily for fun? Is he a Future Hall of Famer? Absolutely. Is he a master of the “Oh look at me I’m “hurt” but watch me miraculously come back to play”? You bet. Even Hines Ward would agree.”
    —————————-
    I hear they’re coming out with a limited edition Ben Roethlisberger addition, it will act like it won’t start for a week and then it will.

  19. funknstein says: Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    Point of contention your honor…the article states that “The Steelers were without their two best offensive players for parts of Saturday night’s win over the Bengals”. If I’m not mistaken, the only offensive play Brown missed was the FG, and I doubt he’s part of that unit…stupid play by Burfict that deserved the flag, but the shoulder/arm/elbow that he tried to sneak in was definitely not as devastating as the illegal (unflagged) hit Shazier put on Gio. How many players have been in concussion protocol this year and made it back for the next game? I would bet very, very few…If Brown plays, he either a) took a dive (and if so, good on him, they got the call(s) & game) or b) the concussion protocol is being ignored.

  20. nflfan22 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:21 AM

    Being knocked out doesn’t automatically mean your out the next week. (See teddy Bridgewater vs rams, amongst many other examples). If you pass concussion pritocal during the week you can play.

  21. headin4seven says: Jan 11, 2016 9:22 AM

    Good to hear that the Begnals dirty play did not permanently injury two future HOF players.

  22. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:24 AM

    stoutfiles says:
    Jan 11, 2016 8:56 AM

    If Brown plays, it’s because they’re ignoring the concussion protocol. He was out cold when he got hit, there’s no way he didn’t have a concussion
    —————————————————-
    Your nuts! Bernard was out cold on a illegal crown of the helmet tackle outside the tackle box.Check the rules! Brown was talking and raised both hands when his teammate came over.He sold it for the call because he`s a Steeler and knew he`d get it.Shawn Williams got flagged for a clean hit,Burfict got flagged for unavoidable contact and Shazier got away with a illegal hit.I`ve watched the NFL for over 30 years so i knew Pitt would get the calls.The Steelers won because Hill fumbled but the calls were terrible.

  23. floratiotime says: Jan 11, 2016 9:32 AM

    How many death scenes is this drama addict going to put us through? He must have gotten zero attention as a child.

  24. gapreach says: Jan 11, 2016 9:34 AM

    But how many are predicted to be “fine” an hour or so after a “vicious”, “devastating” hit that results in allege unconsciousness? Clearly something odd on either the evaluation stage or the reality stage of this injury. Everyone may be well-served to review the Burfict hit on AB in superslow motion and see the movements of each player leading up to the contact. I know the league will do that. Too bad Steelers had to win game on a few baby calls at the end of game they had lost for 59:42. Granted this is the Bungles way of life. Pitt gets last laugh and will have a lot of off-season giggles on the couch after their loss next weekend in Denver.

  25. khar9 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:37 AM

    Watched the concussion movie with will smith over the weekend and that makes me an expert in head related injuries and it’s my opinion that with an injury of that type that players may feel fine during the days following injury but symptoms can appear weeks, months or even years after injury or not at all . Every snow flake is different and will see how this particular snow flake responds.

  26. humbleminded85 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:44 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    “Does Ben have a sponsorship deal with John Deer or does he just ride it multiple times a year unnecessarily for fun? Is he a Future Hall of Famer? Absolutely. Is he a master of the “Oh look at me I’m “hurt” but watch me miraculously come back to play”? You bet. Even Hines Ward would agree.”
    —————————-
    I hear they’re coming out with a limited edition Ben Roethlisberger addition, it will act like it won’t start for a week and then it will.
    ————————-
    Right lol Not gonna lie though I’m just a Ravens fan hating on our rival. In all actuality I got nothin but respect for Ben… that fat pos.:)

  27. funknstein says: Jan 11, 2016 9:46 AM

    From Will Brinson article yesterday…”Just about everyone agrees it was a dirty hit. Except for Brown’s own teammate! James Harrison, who has had his share of fines and flags for controversial hits, came to Burfict’s defense after the game.

    “By rule as they told me when I went down to New York that is a penalty. Personally, I don’t think it is because I don’t think you can get out of the way fast enough,” Harrison said on NFL Network following the game, via FOX Sports.”

  28. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 11, 2016 9:47 AM

    gapreach says:

    Too bad Steelers had to win game on a few baby calls at the end of game they had lost for 59:42

    ————————

    Did you even watch? The Steelers were leading well into the 4th quarter. In fact, the Bengals only held the lead for less than 2 minutes of the entire game. Sheesh!

    As for AB returning in just a week… not all players are as soft as Eifert.

  29. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Jan 11, 2016 9:51 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    I hear they’re (John Deere) coming out with a limited edition Ben Roethlisberger edition, it will act like it won’t start for a week and then it will.
    _________________________

    Nice one!

  30. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 11, 2016 9:52 AM

    Of course…Ben is the drama queen of all time! Adam Jones was correct in his assessment of Brown. Only person truly injured was Gio but the steelers ref didn’t flag that. No wonder fans and players alike were/are outraged!

  31. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 11, 2016 9:53 AM

    The hit on Bernard was clearly explained during the broadcast. Bernard successfully received the pass, maintained possession, turned and faced upfield, took two steps forward. At that point he fully transitioned from defenseless receiver to runner/ball carrier to which the helmet to helmet rule does not apply.

  32. aceb3 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:55 AM

    On the hit Brown appeared to be knocked out! It’s obvious that Brown flopped to draw a flag! He’s up and fine right away and talking about the Bronco game. If Burfict is suspended then Brown needs to be fined and suspended as well! I’m not a Bengals fan but a true Football fan! Had this been a Patriot like Gronk faking an injury to the means that Brown did most would be calling for draft picks or bans (I’m also not a Patriot fan but being honest) Immso tired of Ben faking injuries and now Brown is faking, RIDICULOUS! #someoneonESPNneedstocallthemout

  33. littlescuppernong says: Jan 11, 2016 9:56 AM

    Love all the comments that Ben and Brown are drama queens, as if a team is going to let their two best players off the field in a playoff game for some elaborate ruse of trickery. Hilarious! You probably also believe the moon landing was fake.

  34. clipper522 says: Jan 11, 2016 9:58 AM

    Ben’s contact lens fell out, better bring out the stretcher!

  35. clipper522 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:02 AM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:53 AM
    The hit on Bernard was clearly explained during the broadcast. Bernard successfully received the pass, maintained possession, turned and faced upfield, took two steps forward. At that point he fully transitioned from defenseless receiver to runner/ball carrier to which the helmet to helmet rule does not apply.

    You must have missed the graphic of the rule that says ANY intentional hit by launching with the crown of the helmet is a personal foul. Shazier should have been flagged. He knows better too. If he was still a buckeye he would have been tossed and suspended 1 game per the college rules.

  36. mkk255 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:05 AM

    Good for Big Ben. A real class act.

  37. rogerdw66 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:07 AM

    “We’ll treat them with kid gloves, we promise.”
    – The #1 Denver D

  38. crusty14 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:09 AM

    This makes perfect sense for a professional athlete:

    We’re up 15-0 in the 4th quarter, in control of the game, I’m going to fake an injury and allow my team to fall behind so I can comeback later and try to win the game, so I look good!

    Seriously people! You really believe that? If you do, you’re a complete moron!

  39. stillers213 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    I watched it over and over on my DVR and anyone who claims AB didn’t lose consciousness for a moment is a complete tool. It was completely obvious he was out while in mid-air. Unbelievable.
    On another note, I did not hear a doctor say he was “fine”. many players have passed concussion protocol during the week following a concussion. Bengal fans need to redirect their anger at their boneheaded players/incompetent coach and stop making excuses.

  40. crusty14 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:17 AM

    This is for all you armchair neurologists out there….. You do realize there are varying level of concussions, from mil to severe. Not every hit to the head requires weeks of inactivity or treatment.

    I’m not sure if AB was knocked completely unconscious or not, I’m not sure if that has been reported or not. Regardless, some injuries take less time to recover from than others.

    It’s quite simple really, if he passes the concussion protocols, he’ll play, if he doesn’t, he won’t. I’m sure there are not many doctors that will put their professional lives in jeopardy by reporting false test results so they can have their ass handed to them in lawsuits further down the road!

    Stop drinking the kool aid people

  41. relggigeht says: Jan 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    Denver seems to forget the Steelers kicked your backsides earlier in the season. Nice choke:)

    And, Peyton is good for at least a couple picks in this game.

  42. sbchampsagain says: Jan 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    How is Ryan Shazier?

    Did he get hurt from his head-down spear of Gio Bernard?

  43. troy43mvp says: Jan 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    If Brown was “faking it”, why would he be in the protocol? Besides I would think it makes it even sweeter that he would use Burficts dirty ways to put the Steelers in fg range. Pure justice!!

  44. gapreach says: Jan 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    I watched it over and over on my DVR and anyone who claims AB didn’t lose consciousness for a moment is a complete tool.
    ————————–
    OK. I can buy that if you watched it and were convinced of the injury. Did you also notice that Burfict was in the process of pulling away from AB as AB was coming down w/o the ball? If you watched it closely, you would have seen that too. Burfict’s fault was having been leading higher than the knees in the first place…. which makes the options in that situation bad for everyone. Harrison said it well in that it’s an inevitable outcome in some situations when it’s too late to pull away and the receiver’s head is falling into the strike zone (when that zone was higher only a split second prior).

    The other issue in the report of the Steeler beat guy Gerry Dulac is that he reports on Sunday that AB is “fine.” Dulac should know issues of brain injury much better than to report such a thing. An extended loss of consciousness after head trauma is a red flag associated with the greater seriousness of a particular injury. So we can only conclude from what you have reported and what Dulac reports that either Dulac is careless in his reporting, AB was faking, or you were mistaken in what you saw. I’m gonna go with Dulac being careless since I agree with what you said you saw and doubt that AB would fake it as Pacman claimed he did. I sincerely hope that AB is “fine” and see the brain injury aspect of the game as something that takes the joy away from watching the sport.

  45. doni609 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:35 AM

    Reading all the classless comments here by the Bungles fans really makes my spirits high. With fans like these rooting for a flim-flam organization like the Bungles the Steeler’s fans will never have to worry about seeing those Bungle dweebs hoisting a Lombardi. (for those of you in Cincinnati that have never seen one, the Lombardi Trophy is presented to the winner of the Super Bowl. Oh yea, we have six…ha!)

  46. zombiepatriot says: Jan 11, 2016 10:39 AM

    If Brown plays this week it will show just how fake the NFL’s purported concern for concussions really is. Then again we knew that with the hit on Bernard, which I found to be more of a bang-bang play. In my opinion the reason they adopted the definition of a runner is it is thought at that point the person carrying the ball would have a means of protecting themselves from hits of the nature delivered and there was no way Bernard had the opportunity. He turned his head and took a hit from the Steeler who launched himself helmet first in an attempt to injure.

    If the NFL is serious about addressing concussions maybe it is time to institute rules where if you lead with your helmet and you cause a head injury as a player you miss just as much time as the player sitting on the sideline.

    Finally…

    As much as people want to talk about Cincy and class it was disgusting to watch the Steelers dancing and celebrating while a player laid injured on the field. I don’t care if you want to use the excuse they were celebrating the turnover it was classless and wrong and a black mark on the game.

  47. gapreach says: Jan 11, 2016 10:40 AM

    I’m sure there are not many doctors that will put their professional lives in jeopardy by reporting false test results
    —————
    You need to see the movie “Concussion” and watch the PBS special on head trauma in the NFL. The latter is probably more factually presented and illustrates that the Pittsburgh franchise is closely linked with the beginning of the process of discovery that head trauma results in CTE in many NFL players. Pittsburgh’s early position was to hire a team physician who opposed the pioneer pathologist Ben Omalu’s findings and instead claimed that Omalu was a quack etc. In fact, Omalu was a staff physician at U. of Pitt Medical Center, one of the finest centers in the world, and he is tremendously talented.

    So, yes, there are some physicians who would bend the rules given the considerations of money, pressure, and limelight associated with the position of being a team physician. This is the alleged rationale behind having an independent neurologist evaluating players. Yet, that and the use of an independent league spotter to evaluate suspicious hits has not been completely effective towards removing brain injured players from games.

  48. littlescuppernong says: Jan 11, 2016 10:41 AM

    Keep up your whining, Bengals fans, and the Football Gods will never shine upon you.

  49. spartan01 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:43 AM

    No one thinks Ben faked his injury but go back and read the article, or anything he’s saying to the press.

    Declaring yourself day-to-day? Telling us the whole story about he couldn’t throw down field but just had to?

    Then see if you can find any other high profile player who talks so much about his injuries or how he played through them.

  50. littlescuppernong says: Jan 11, 2016 10:46 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I really hope the Bengals keep Lewis as a coach for 10 more years.

  51. Spazz says: Jan 11, 2016 10:46 AM

    Still not feeling this ‘rivalry’. Get well soon, Ratbirds.

  52. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:48 AM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:53 AM

    The hit on Bernard was clearly explained during the broadcast. Bernard successfully received the pass, maintained possession, turned and faced upfield, took two steps forward. At that point he fully transitioned from defenseless receiver to runner/ball carrier to which the helmet to helmet rule does not apply
    ____________________________________
    It was explained and called wrong.Check the rule book. section 12-2-8 You can not initiate contact with the crown of your helmet outside the tackle box.It has nothing to do with the defenseless receiver call.It`s the same for running plays outside the tackle box.
    Or section 13-1-2- non-players going on field without permission (other than team attendants during a team time out) is a 15 yard penalty.
    But Joey Porter was not called was he? Strange?

  53. Spazz says: Jan 11, 2016 10:58 AM

    We all have opinions on Burfict’s intent, or lack of intent altogether. Maybe he didn’t line up and tee off. Maybe he DID try to pull up at the last second. Doesn’t matter. Burfict hit Brown in the earhole long after he had no chance at making the catch. Penalty all day long. He may be fined but don’t worry he can afford it.

    To those saying Brown ‘acted’ hurt…stop and realize you are parroting the always intelligent ramblings of Adam Pacman Jones. Think about that.

  54. dmpssite says: Jan 11, 2016 11:08 AM

    Coach Munchak was OBVIOUSLY trying to slow that player down and got his hand caught in his hair…anything else is just RIDICULOUS. If the NFL and referees sent out a warning before that game they wasted a bunch of money because I can’t see one thing on either side that was a legitimate attempt to control that game. Joey Porter being on the field was reported all over the place as being ALLOWED. Once you let Joey on the field…shame on you, after that it appears to have been words exchanged….you want me to believe you can take the sticks and stones, but not the words……come on people.

  55. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 11, 2016 11:08 AM

    @johnc44

    define and explain “tackle box”.

    it is strange that Burfict was not ejected.

  56. ideabook2014 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    I am not a fan of either team, or Denver, etc. But, I think it’ll eventually come out that Brown was acting a bit out there. Why? For one, he wasn’t ‘knocked out’ in the sense he ‘blacked out’. Went to sleep, call it whatever. But, it was clear that when he was down he was still ‘awake’. Second, the head ‘bobbing’ when he went down is pretty clear proof. If you get knocked out, you just go down, period. You go limp. Or, if it’s worse and you damage your spine, you’re not out but can’t move. You know somethings wrong. You try to move to make sure you’re ok. I actually watched the Pats-Raiders game on local tv in California in 1978 and saw the hit Darryl Stingley took from Tatum. That was a horrible thing, and forever changed by view of the game. But that’s what you noticed: he went down, was alert but not moving. Even Tatum saw it and was yelling for help along with the others on the field. Once the Steelers help got to Brown you could see that they weren’t really concerned, didn’t take further steps to treat him (neck collar, send in the cart #7 is always on, etc). It just had that phony ‘feel’ about it. Brown saw his chance and took it. The fact that he’s not hurt and will play at Denver is proof. You may not like the Bengals, and they’re real easy targets right now, but I think they have a point about Brown. You can’t just dismiss their POV because you don’t like them. And, given the history of head trauma and how seriously it’s taken now, Brown knew what the deal was. Pittsburgh just seemed to take advantage of the situation. Finally, their coach didn’t seem too concerned about Brown and was recovered from the ‘shock’ enough to try to bait the Cincy hotheads into a real stupid penalty. Noted their players cheering after watching their confrontation on the field. I’m not advocating what went down, or the poorly timed hit on Brown. A few years ago he probably would have nailed Brown in the head. As a player, he made a risky play. And, as they always seem to do, PS’s came out on top.

  57. arktikman says: Jan 11, 2016 11:36 AM

    I love how people are mentioning the concussion protocol and have probably never even looked it up. The final step is approval by the team and an independent neurological consultant. It is a multi-stage process. However, feel free to interject personal bias in an effort to make whatever predetermined view you have. It carries a lot of weight.

    Just like those people that say Shazier’s hit was a crown of the helmet penalty, even though he didn’t lower his crown to make the hit. Look up the NFL explanation of what the crown of the helmet rule is meant to prevent. Mike Carey looked at the hit in slow motion and also agreed that it was unfortunate, but not a penalty. Yeah and I suppose he is on the Steelers payroll.

  58. steelers743 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:40 AM

    Are you guys even serious? He flopped lol. First of all when you receive a concussion the average time is about 1-2 weeks. However before you sorry ass fans start defending your disgusting fan base. With a concussion although the AVERAGE is 1-2 weeks. A concussion can heal in a matter of minutes, hours, days and weeks before feeling completely normal. Also concussion symptoms can show days after the hit. Before you cry baby bungle fans start taking shots at a player. Make sure you do your research. Oh and remember how you guys won the game and then blew it cause your coach and staff have no control of their fans and players?

  59. kev86 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:53 AM

    Antonio Brown took three steps before getting crunched. How many did Bernard take?

    Why wasnt Porter flagged?

    While I am a fan of neither team and think Cinci is the dirtier team, the calls were not called evenly.

    Cinci deserves the loss but Steelers are not innocent victims by any means.

  60. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:56 AM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:08 AM

    @johnc44

    define and explain “tackle box”.

    it is strange that Burfict was not ejected.
    —————————————————-
    The space between the left tackle and right tackle.
    The same as it is defined for grounding calls.
    The crown of the helmet rule even applies to running plays.It has nothing to do with defenseless receivers.
    Anyone that trusts the tv broadcasters to understand rules havn`t been listening to them very well.

  61. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:04 PM

    I love how everyone keeps saying Burfict lost them the game.Cut him! In the game i watched the Bengals were getting their butts kicked when the refs let the head shot from Shazier go and instead of Bengals ball at the 10 gave it to Pitt at the 40 and then Burfict got pissed and made play after play to get them back into the game and then made a winning play on the pick that should`ve sealed the game before J.Hill got careless and lost the game.Without Burfict the game would`ve been 29-0 so if they cut him there will be a long line of teams trying to sign him.

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  63. Deb says: Jan 11, 2016 12:56 PM

    Whether or not Brown suffered a concussion is irrelevant. The film shows the hit for what it was–illegal and dirty as heck. In the NFL, flags aren’t thrown based on the condition of the fallen player, but based on the nature of the hit.

    Bengals fans, your coach has brought in some great players. And he’s brought in some troublemakers who can’t control their behavior or who deliberately try to knock other players out of the game. You came close to winning because Burfict deliberately tried to knock Roethlisberger out of the game. You lost because he deliberately tried to knock Brown out of the game. Poetic justice.

    Rather than whining about how seriously injured those players were, you should be questioning why your coach keeps bringing in people who undermine your own efforts. You can’t blame the Steelers because your team hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. The Steelers didn’t make Burfict intercept a ball and run off the field like a jerk. The Steelers didn’t make him try to take out Brown. No matter what Joey Porter may have said about Burfict, Jones didn’t have to jump him. You think that’s the only time trash has been talked on a football field? Wake up!

  64. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 11, 2016 12:59 PM

    Steelers’ on death’s door, healed and health just two days later? Sweet Jesus, it’s a freaking miracle!

  65. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 11, 2016 1:02 PM

    spartan01 says: No one thinks Ben faked his injury..

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    Faked, no. Over-reacted to the initial pain and changed his mind, yes. How else can you be carted off unable to move the arm, then be out passing 20 minutes later?

  66. johnc44 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:29 PM

    People can think whatever they want about Saturday nights game and come to whatever conclusion they want about if they Bengals are dirty but I`ve watched over 80 games between the Steelers and Bengals over the years and while i hate the final outcome of the game and i`m glad no one was seriously hurt the Steelers have always been dirty and always try to be the bully on the block so the fact that the Bengals finally have players who will stand up to them and give it right back instead of taking fetal position is a good thing.Why did the NFL admit after the last game that the refs let things get out of control and then put the same guy in charge of this game.Why wasn`t Porter flagged for a obvious violation? I`d rather lose fighting than lay down for the NFL/Rooney/Steeler combination like the past.

  67. surfinbird1 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:59 PM

    That’s the Stealers for ya.

  68. reeddad says: Jan 11, 2016 3:40 PM

    First of all the brilliant “Pacman” wanted to give Brown a “Grammy” not an Emmy. Brown must have been singing while he was unconsious. As far as Ben is concerned why would anyone wish to see a man die? What prompts a fan base to throw things at a player as he exits with an injury? I understand your frustration Cincy. You can’t get a win in the playoffs. The problem isn’t with the other team it’s with your ownership. Marvin Lewis has no control over his players. It was documented after the loss. Players were quoted as saying the same thing. cooler heads prevailed and to be quite honest the Bengals got what they deserved. The buddy / buddy relationship between owner and coach needs to go away and Cincy Will Not Win until this happens.

  69. jimvlv says: Jan 11, 2016 4:32 PM

    Why wasn’t Burfict flagged for at least delay of game after the interception? Why didn’t the Bungles just kneel down with 1:34 to play? Why wasn’t Burfict flagged for roughing the QB after he drove his knee into Rothlisburgers shoulder? These and many other questions are being asked about the outcome. I think one word can explain it. KARMA!

  70. notmanning says: Jan 11, 2016 4:43 PM

    The Steelers were without their two best offensive players for parts of Saturday night’s win over the Bengals, but the initial reports on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown seem positive.

    The only ‘part’ AB missed was the Go ahead FG, IIRC. No additional offensive plays were run after the two penalties were imposed. Did AB miss some plays earlier in the game? Not sure he did. Article makes it sound like these guys were hamstrung more than they really were.

  71. DXMARINE says: Jan 11, 2016 6:56 PM

    Actually, what looked like a violent hit, may have only been a hit to the facemask. I saw his head turn, but if the facemask was hit and not the head, then I can understand why he is the way he is…just a thought…I’m gonna look again. either way, great job Bengals! LOL!

  72. bruceroy1 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:09 AM

    Cheer up everyone, the Ravens will be back in 2016 to sweep (did it to the Steelers this year) both these teams, on the way to the Super Bowl, GO RAVENS.

  73. broncosfan29 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    relggigeht says:
    Jan 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    Denver seems to forget the Steelers kicked your backsides earlier in the season. Nice choke:)

    And, Peyton is good for at least a couple picks in this game.
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    Didn’t know losing by 7 is getting your backside kicked. Yes they choked the 2nd half. Pitt D made adjustments. Don’t know if Steelers fans know this or not…….Your defensive secondary is TRASH. Now i know it was only for 1 half, but Osweiler looked like Tom Brady against that secondary. I really hope you don’t think the Steelers are gonna go and win the super bowl with those bums in the secondary. NOT HAPPENING.

  74. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Jan 11, 2016 9:53 AM

    The hit on Bernard was clearly explained during the broadcast. Bernard successfully received the pass, maintained possession, turned and faced upfield, took two steps forward. At that point he fully transitioned from defenseless receiver to runner/ball carrier to which the helmet to helmet rule does not apply.

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    Like the hit on Marcus Wheaton, by Shawn Williams, which was flagged?

  75. bemanhawk says: Jan 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    I think Ben is the only QB that gets drilled and everybody that is not a steeler fan is ok with it .Ben is the only QB I have ever seen get his nose broken by a chop to the face (Notia) against the Ravens and then a Suggs cheapshot and no call.

  76. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jan 14, 2016 9:05 AM

    Looks like Pac Man was right

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