Mike Tomlin changes his explanation of why Ben Roethlisberger didn't come back in the game vs. Raiders
Tomlin now says Roethlisberger didn't come back in earlier because of a pain-killing injection he got at halftime
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a game to the Oakland Raiders in embarrassing fashion on Sunday. Pittsburgh blew two different fourth-quarter leads and that was pretty terrible, but perhaps the biggest story of the game was that the Steelers played the entire second half without Ben Roethlisberger until reinserting him with five minutes left in the game.
Roethlisberger suffered a rib injury near the end of the first half, but Mike Tomlinto stick with Josh Dobbs for the majority of the second half thusly on Sunday:
"He got looked at at halftime. He got treatment, he came back out. We were waiting to see if he was gonna be able to come back in. He was. He probably could've come in a series or so sooner, but we were in the rhythm and flow of the game. He was ready to go when he got back out there."
Nobody was entirely clear on what on earth that means, but it doesn't really matter anyway because Tomlin changed his explanation on Tuesday.
That is much different than being "in the rhythm and flow of the game," as Tomlin previously said. For his part, Roethlisberger stated that he told Tomlin that he was back on the field, but he was unsure at the time if going back into the game would help or hurt the team.
This is all pretty strange, but it also doesn't matter all that much. What matters is that the Steelers have now lost three-straight games and are no longer a guarantee to win the AFC North or make the playoffs. They need to get things together quickly. And they'll need Roethlisberger on the field to do it.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Benson, a prolific college running back who enjoyed a solid NFL career, died in a motorcycle...
The team sent one of the more familiar faces on the roster packing on Monday
The Patriots are still working to rehab Thomas, but their former Super Bowl MVP wideout is...
The Raiders are likely dealing with a case of buyer's remorse
R.J. White has locked in his picks for Monday's exhibition matchup between the 49ers and B...
Johnson was the player Drake, the longtime WR coach who died last week, wanted the Steelers...