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Big Ben on playing in wildcat: I get tired running out to WR all the time

By Ryan Wilson |

QB Ben Roethlisberger comes in motion as a wide receiver during Sunday's game against the Ravens. (CBS)
The Steelers' running game showed up for the first time all season against the Ravens, and by the time it was over, rookie Le'Veon Bell had 93 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Part of his success was due to a suddenly much-improved offensive line, but Pittsburgh also had the element of surprise working in their favor.

On three occasions, the Steelers were in the wildcat formation with Bell taking the direct snap and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lined up at wide receiver.

And while Big Ben was happy with a suddenly revitalized rushing attack, he did have some thoughts about his role in the wildcat offense.

"It's not that I don't like it," he explained on his radio show Tuesday (via "If it helps us win, I'm all for it. I just told coach I get actually physically tired running out to wide receiver all the time."

And Roethlisberger isn't protected as a quarterback when he's lined up as a wide receiver.

"They can (take a shot at me)," he said. "I'm a little bigger than those defensive backs. I wouldn't want them to try it."

But as the wildcat evolves, is there the possibility that Bell will throw a pass to Roethlisberger, a one-time high school receiver?

"It's been a while, but I'm ready," Big Ben said. "They need to throw it to me, but closer to the end zone so I don't have to run very far."

Hey, at least the man knows his limitations.

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