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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Says He Needs To Play Better

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The Pittsburgh Steelers issues on offense likely go beyond one positional player, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is pointing the finger of blame at himself.

“The quarterback needs to play better” Roethlisberger said, per ESPN.

The Steelers are still reeling after a loss to the previously win-less Chicago Bears, a team in a clear rebuild.

“I didn’t play well enough to win. We lost the game because of me, because I didn’t play well enough,” Roethlisberger said about the loss to Chicago.

“It’s not on anyone else. That’s how I felt, that’s what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to own it. And I’ll own it.

“If I play better in that game, I feel we win the game. If I play better in the first two weeks, then we’re going to score more points and have a productive offense and we don’t have to answer questions about why our offense isn’t where it is.”

While other players such as Le’Veon Bell and Martavious Bryant have had their share of struggles too, Roethlisberger harped on his own shortcomings.

“Sometimes there are guys that might be open where I quickly go to AB [Antonio Brown],” Roethlisberger said.

“I need to reel myself in and just take what the defense gives us, give us the best play possible, not just the best guy possible.

It’s not about a #3 or establishing guys. We’re going to rotate guys in.

We have enough weapons that we can do that. I just need to be better at getting guys involved.”

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Bengals Place Tyler Kroft On IR

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The Cincinnati Bengals have placed tight end Tyler Kroft on injured reserve, effectively ending his season, as he will be unable to return from a broken bone in his foot, as the team had hoped, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals promoted linebacker Brandon Bell off of their practice squad to fill the roster spot made available when Kroft was sent to IR.

Kroft, who is in a contract year, is expected to be healthy in time for free agency in the spring.

Kroft hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven touchdowns while filling in for Tyler Eifert in the 2017 season.

 

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Broncos’ Max Garcia Suffers Torn ACL

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Denver Broncos guard Max Garcia will miss the rest of the regular season after he suffered a torn ACL, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

At the time of this report there were no details available pertaining to how or when Garcia tore his ACL, but the assumption is that he suffered the season ending injury sometime during practice this week.

Garcia complained of discomfort in his knee following practice on Thursday and an MRI revealed the ACL injury.

Garcia, 27, took over starting duties when Ronald Leary went down with injury.

 

 

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Ravens Designate Kenneth Dixon For Return

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The Baltimore Ravens have designated running back Kenneth Dixon for return from the injured reserve and he officially returned to practice on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dixon was initially placed on injured reserve back in early September after he suffered a knee injury during Week 1 action, but the team expected that he would be able to return to action later in the season.

While on injured reserve, Dixon served a six game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

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