Big Ben: Steelers 'got the short end of the stick'

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PITTSBURGH — Coming off an unplanned bye week forced by a rash of positive COVID-19 tests in the Tennessee Titans organization, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was audibly frustrated with the ramifications to the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ schedule.

“Of course we got the short end of the stick,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday.


Though the possibility remains that the continuation of positive tests from the Titans could force the team to forfeit games, Roethlisberger said he doesn’t think “they’ll consider forfeiting our game.”

The timing of the bye week — which was just a three-day break after the Steelers obtained special permission from the league and NFLPA to resume practice Monday — was especially frustrating for Roethlisberger, who felt he was finally getting in a rhythm in the first three games after a year off following season-ending elbow surgery.

“It’s tough, especially for someone like myself who was just starting to get back into the flow of things,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s not easy, but you’ve got to adjust. You’ve got to adapt and do the best you can.”

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Before the break, the Steelers were 3-0 and had momentum going into the Week 4 matchup against the also-unbeaten Titans. Roethlisberger was making strides each week adjusting to the offense and a new cast of weapons.

He was critical of himself after each game, but Roethlisberger took steps during the week to improve on his shortcomings, like working on his footwork during a Wednesday practice — usually his day off.

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