Roethlisberger: Niners were overly aggressive with injured ankle
- Published: May 9, 2012 at 05:41 p.m.
- Updated: May 10, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.
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[URL="http://www.nfl.com/players/benroethlisberger/profile?id=ROE750381"]Ben Roethlisberger[/URL] said he suspected the [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF"]San Francisco 49ers[/URL] targeted his sprained left ankle in a regular-season game last year, but the [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT"]Pittsburgh Steelers[/URL] quarterback did not think the team participated in any foul play.
Asked about the last time he felt an opposing team was trying to cause or exacerbate a specific injury, Roethlisberger brought up last season's 20-3 loss to the 49ers in Week 16. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions and fumbled twice in the game while playing with a high ankle sprain.
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"Um, wow, that's tough," Roethlisberger said on "The Dan Patrick Show," [URL="http://www.csnbayarea.com/football-san-francisco-niners/niners-talk/Roethlisberger-suspects-49ers?blockID=705078&feedID=5936"]via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area[/URL].
"I don't really complain about that stuff, either. But I think when we played San Fran, I felt like there were some things going on, some extra ... Now, obviously, I did have the ankle and I was playing, so there was kind of a bulls-eye on there anyway. But for the most part, guys play tough and you go into a game expecting it. I expect to be tougher than them."
Roethlisberger didn't believe he had ever been the target of a "bounty" program analogous to the system the [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/neworleanssaints/profile?team=NO"]New Orleans Saints[/URL] ran, in which defenders were rewarded by coaches for injuring opposing players.
"Sometimes you get guys -- things happen under piles and, you know, the little extra twisting of the ankles and poking, things like that," Roethlisberger said. "But this whole bounty thing -- I don't know if I'd sit there and say, 'Wow, that guy really tried to end my career.' Honestly, I don't know."