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Tomlin, Haley open themselves up for criticism if Ben struggles vs Chiefs

Big Ben out of walking boot

An MRI/X-Ray on Monday for Ben Roethlisberger on his ankle didn’t reveal a significant injury but Sunday will tell the story whether there ends up being some consequences for a called passing play by Todd Haley on the second to last play of Sunday’s 30-12 win over the Dolphins.

“Coach Haley called a pass play,” Roethlisberger said this morning on the Ben Roethlisberger weekly radio show which airs every Tuesday on 937 The Fan during Steelers season.

“Hindsight always is what it is, should we have ran it, could we have done this, could we have done that? Potentially, yes,” said Roethlisberger. “We also had a receiver, a young receiver, not run the proper route, and if he would have ran the proper route, the ball probably could have come out of my hand quicker because he would have been open, and it wouldn’t have happened.”

Throwing a called passing play at that point, especially a route to a young inexperienced receiver, adds more fuel to the fire of the criticism the Steelers have opened themselves up to if they lose on Sunday and Roethlisberger’s hobbled ankle limits him.

Roethlisberger is out of a walking boot and expects to be fine, though, he admitted to the hosts, Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi, that he’s feeling it today.

“I feel it obviously today,” Roethlisberger said. “But like I said, I’m walking around without a boot and I’ll be ready to go.”

Mike Tomlin has been getting crushed by many pundits for leaving his stars in. Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he’ll never be a guy that will ask to come out.

“I’ll never go to coach and say hey take me out,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s the boss, he tells me to come out and sometimes I may fight him on it and say I want to stay in the game.”

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