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Old 05-10-2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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Roethlisberger suspects 49ers targeted him

May 9, 2012



Linebacker Aldon Smith sacks Ben Roethlisberger in San Francisco's 20-3 victory last December. (US Presswire)

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stopped far short of accusing the 49ers of wrongdoing, but intimated Wednesday he suspected his bum ankle was being targeted during a game last season at Candlestick Park.

The topic turned to the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal on The Dan Patrick Show when Roethlisberger made passing reference to the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Steelers on Monday, Dec. 19.

After that game, Roethlisberger called himself "the 49ers' best player." He threw three interceptions, was sacked three times and fumbled twice.

"Sometimes you get guys ó- things happen under piles and, you know, the little extra twisting of the ankles and poking, things like that," Roethlisberger said on Patrick's radio program. "But this whole bounty thing ó- I don't know if I'd sit there and and say, 'Wow, that guy really tried to end my career.' Honestly, I donít know."

Patrick asked Roethlisberger when the last time he felt a team was going after his knees, ankles or head.

"Um, wow, that's tough," Roethlisberger said. "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."

A 49ers team spokesman declined comment.

No 49ers players were penalized or fined for any illegal hits in the game.

Roethlisberger's status for against the 49ers was in question through pre-game warmups after he sustained a badly sprained left ankle in the Steelers' previous game.

"I really wasn't paying attention in pre-game, but with the injury he had, it wasn't really too easy for him to come back the next week and be 100 percent," said 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith after the game in which he recorded 2 1/2 sacks. "So it was definitely something we all had in mind."

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:45 AM   #2
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the author of this article needs to figure out that ALL teams target the QB. its kinda like a major part of the game.

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:48 AM   #3
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or maybe Ben "The Drama Queen" needs to understand this also...
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Players attack opponents weaknesses. It happens in all sports. Nothing new about that. Every time Ben speaks about thing, it gets all blown up.
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It is what it is Ben needs to get over it and go on.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:26 AM   #6
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It is what it is Ben needs to get over it and go on.
Yeah, I agree here. Not only is this old news, it's widely accepted that if your injured and on the field, the opposing squad will have a target on the spot that hurts.
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It's not like he came out and said the 49ers targeted my injuries. First of all this is the first time any media has said anything about it, and Ben tried to keep it from being blown out of proportion. Mission failed
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He shouldn't have played in that game.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger suspects 49ers targeted him

I honestly didn't see what he said as complaining about it, he just told the (obvious) truth. The questioning was stupid. Of course They're going to target his injuries. He knew it was going to be a part of the game...so did everyone else. The writer of this article is just being Captain Obvious.

But I agree with SteelerFreak, he shouldn't have even been in the game to begin with.
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He shouldn't have played in that game.
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