Football is a violent game, but some of those games are more violent than others. Annex A: the Monday night delivery of the Steelers-Bengals rivalry. And after experiencing the brutality first hand, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not too excited about the possibility of his son following him into the sport.
"I hope my son plays golf," said Roethlisberger . "If he wants to play football, that's fine too, but it's a difficult sport." It is not for everyone. If he wants to do it, I'll encourage him. If he does not, I also agree with that. "
Roethlisberger was fired once and officially beaten four times, according to the score of the box, but saw enough carnage to last a whole season.
Two players, JuJu Smith-Schuster of Pittsburgh and George Iloka of Cincinnati, received suspensions for their participation in the violence, Smith-Schuster surprised Vontaze Burfict of the Bengals, which caused the linebacker to be knocked down with a concussion , while Iloka was disciplined by a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
"The contact he made with his opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been prevented," said NFL football operations vice president Jon Runyan in issuing the Smith-Schuster suspension. "His behavior after the coup fell well below the high standards of portiness that is expected of an NFL player. "
While the Smith-Schuster and Iloka hits were intentional and malicious, the most frightening injury of the night came in a routine tackle by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.
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Shazier suffered an apparent spinal cord injury and after the game, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert issued a statement saying: "Ryan's injury will not require surgery at this time." On Tuesday afternoon, the local CBS station reported that it will remain at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and will undergo testing and evaluation before returning to Pittsburgh. Wednesday or Thursday.
"I've been in that situation, they've taken me before, it's scary," said Roethlisberger. "You just start praying and you care about the family members who are at home or the people who see them on TV, that's one of the things that scares people, too, that people do not think … I know how frightening it is when people feel at home and their family members and loved ones see it on television.
"It's not an easy thing, and it's just a frightening and violent game that we play."
For anyone familiar with this AFC North rivalry, the chippy contest on Monday night was not a surprise, since 2006, the Steelers' hits -Bengals have been responsible for three rule changes.
First in the 2006 playoffs, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen hit Carson Palmer below the knees and caused a major knee injury. , the league made a rule that requires defenders to take advantage of There is every opportunity to avoid hitting a quarterback on or below the knees when the quarterback is in a helpless position. In 2008, Hines Ward broke the jaw of Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers with a block on the blind side. For the next season, the league banned the blocks of blinds that use the helmet, forearm or shoulder of the blocker and land in the area of the defender's head or neck. In the 2016 playoffs, a hit by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier against Bengals running back Giovani Bernard changed the NFL's position by using the helmet crown to force contact.
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