Ben Roethlisberger not fined for shot at Emmanuel Ogbah’s ankle

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Ordinarily, when we ask the NFL if players were fined for actions on Sunday, we’re asking about defensive players getting fined for hits on quarterbacks. But this week we wanted to know if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was fined for a shot he took at Browns defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah’s ankle.

Roethlisberger wasn’t fined, the NFL confirmed to PFT.

Some Browns fans thought he should have been. After Roethlisberger threw an interception on Sunday, Ogbah blocked him to the ground. Roethlisberger responded by lunging at Ogbah’s ankle, grabbing the ankle and taking Ogbah down.

It was a funny-looking maneuver that you don’t see on the football field very often, and a play that some saw as a dirty move. The NFL apparently didn’t have a problem with it.

32 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger not fined for shot at Emmanuel Ogbah’s ankle

  1. Someone should do that to roelthlisberger. I coach high school wrestling and that low dive single Ben took is an easy way to get someone hurt. That’s a chump move.

  2. And there is the problem, NFL makes decisions depending on who the player is. The intent was to try and hurt him and Ben should be fined for the dirty play.

  3. It was an ankle takedown like in wrestling. it does not cause injury to an ankle. now if he dove at it to ram into it, that would be a different story.

  4. No matter the intent, mechanically it was the exact same actions that destroyed Carson Palmer’s knee against who else? Your squeaky clean Pittsburgh Steelers.

  5. dontbeemo says:
    September 16, 2017 at 7:37 am
    Someone should do that to roelthlisberger… That’s a chump move.
    But you’re ok with Ogbah’s unnecessary cheap shot to push Ben to the ground? And then for Ogbah to stand over Ben, lording it a bit? Ben was just retaliating – one cheap tackle deserved another.

  6. tedmurph says:
    September 16, 2017 at 9:18 am
    Nothing illegal about it, but a definite cheap shot.

    At the point where Ben tackles Ogbah Ben is now a defender. Please explain when it became legal to ankle tackle a offensive player who doesn’t have the ball? By that logic defenders cold just grab O-line ankles on every play. Pretty sure that’s not legal.

  7. As a Brown’s fan I thought the whole situation was kind of funny. Big Ben who can’t be brought down by a single 300 lb lineman flopping like he was shot when Ogbah shoved him after the interception. Then Ben dives and grabs his ankle. I thought he was going to take off his helmet and bite him on the ankle. I would caution him though about 1 thing. If that’s how he’s going to respond to lineman after he throws an interception, it’s only a matter of time before one of the lineman decides to pretend Ben grabbing him by the ankle causes him to fall and drive an elbow into Be’s head or back on the way down

  8. That should have been 10 yards tacked on to the end of the run for holding, defense. YES, defense. Because in this case it was an interception so the Steelers’ offense became the defense. No fine though. If the NFL starts fining for a play like that, football will become unwatchable.

  9. Burfict hits a guy with his shoulder (within 5 yards) = BURN HIM!!!
    Steelers make 4 dirty hits in one game, continuing a long tradition = Roger din’t see nuffin.

  10. For the Steelers fans who feel Ogbah should have been flagged for knocking Roethlisberger (even though it was a flop) down. After an interception, the QB becomes a defender and Ogbah was simply blocking him. It’s the same thing Tomlin does when he’s playing special teams.

  11. He learned that move after one of his soon to be rape victims kicked him in the groin and tried to run away.

  12. I can’t believe this is even worthy of a story. Actually quite a respectful mild shove by Ogbah and a ridiculous harmless laughable move by Ben. Some peoples hate over a game that’s made to entertain is silly.

  13. vonkaiser2001 says:
    September 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm
    I can’t believe this is even worthy of a story. Actually quite a respectful mild shove by Ogbah and a ridiculous harmless laughable move by Ben. Some peoples hate over a game that’s made to entertain is silly.

    Harmless? Ben clearly dove at Ogbah’s lower leg. Those types of hits cause knee injuries all the time. Did it look ridiculous? Sure…it was a QB diving at a defenders lower leg. But what was his intent there? I don’t see anything laughable about it, unless you’re a Steelers fan. Nobody would be laughing if a defensive player did the same thing to an offensive player.

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