Ben Roethlisberger in walking boot after win, vows to play vs. Chiefs next Sunday

Ben Roethlisberger had a fine afternoon against the Dolphins, doing his part to help the Steelers to an easy 30-12 wild-card playoff win. But for reasons that seemed curious at the time and even more so now in light of this latest development, Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown were all in the game late into the fourth quarter even though the game had long been decided.

Good news: Roethlisberger promises to play!

Bad news: It didn't have to happen. You could make the argument that backup Landry Jones should have been in for the final 15 minutes but on three occasions -- at the 11:24 mark, the 5:57 mark and the 15-second mark, Big Ben was out there.

It seems instructive to mention this:

And while Roethlisberger says he'll play next Sunday against the Chiefs, if he's not 100 percent there's no one to blame but the coaching staff.

Or as our colleague John Breech said more bluntly to us during the fourth quarter, "If Ben, Brown or Bell gets hurt, Tomlin should be fired."

Terry Bradshaw would no doubt love that.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson joined CBS Sports in June 2011. He covers the NFL and NFL Draft for and CBS Sports HQ, and is a regular on the Pick Six Podcast. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from... Full Bio

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