Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin blasts arrested OL coach, takes blame for Ben Roethlisberger injury

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 10, 2017 at 3:45 PM
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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed the finger at himself for the play call that resulted in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injuring his right foot late in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Pittsburgh led 30-12 with 4:34 remaining in the AFC wild-card game when Roethlisberger was attempting to pass and had Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake fall on his foot.

Roethlisberger departed the stadium in a walking boot but is recovering swiftly and will be ready when the Steelers visit the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

"I got a little over-aggressive there," Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday. "It goes beyond taking the responsibility. I made the call. So don't ask (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) about it on Thursday. I made the call and I take responsibility for it."

Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he's no longer wearing a boot on the foot.

Tomlin said he isn't concerned about the injury and expects Roethlisberger to practice on Thursday and Friday.

"Ben aggravated his foot but it doesn't appear to be an issue," Tomlin said. "We'll watch him closely as we push forward toward the game. But not anticipating that limiting him."

Tomlin said that tight end Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol. That would put Green in jeopardy of sitting out once again.

Tomlin also said the arrest of outside linebackers coach Joey Porter won't be a distraction. Porter, a former star player for Pittsburgh, allegedly assaulted a doorman at a Pittsburgh bar on Sunday night.

"To be involved in the National Football League is an honor and a privilege, it's not a right. We should respect it as such," Tomlin said. "Obviously that was breached in that circumstance and there are consequences to be suffered because of it."

Tomlin said there isn't a timetable for Porter's return to the club.

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