Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injuries Pile Up in Seattle, Most Important Big Ben

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injuries Pile Up in Seattle, Most Important Big Ben

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SEATTLE -- Ben Roethlisberger left the game late Sunday and was put in the NFL's concussion protocol as backup Landry Jones finished up the final series.

According to the Steelers, Roethlisberger reported that he had symptoms of a possible concussion, and that is when they pulled him from the game and put him in the protocol mandated by the NFL. It will mean he must pass several tests this week before he can play Sunday against Indianapolis at Heinz Field.

"We were going to do what's appropriate and take care of our guys," Mike Tomlin said afterward. " ... We're going to do what's right to safeguard the health of those guys."

Roethlisberger may have been injured when he scrambled up the middle for a 7-yard gain to Seattle's 3 on third down. Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the next play.

By the time the Steelers got the ball back at 2:01, they trailed, 39-30, and Jones was at quarterback. He threw a deep pass that was intercepted at the Seahawks 7 with 1:37 left.

"Right when they were about to go onto the field, the doctors started to check him out," Jones said. "I don't know what they were saying, but for brain stuff, I feel like you have to be more safe than sorry."

INJURIES ALL OVER

Heath Miller got off to a fast start with five receptions for 45 yards in the first half, but that would be his final line, as well, because of rib injuries.

Miller left in the first half because of the injury, returned to play, then left for good.

Ryan Shazier left in the first half and never returned because, like Roethlisberger, he was put in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Both are likely to be back long before Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham.

He was injured on an incomplete pass in the end zone and will have surgery to repair his patellar tendon, according to Seattle coach Pete Carroll. That will end his season.

WHAT HAPPENED THERE?

Jones wasn't sure if coming onto the field late to be the holder for a fake field-goal attempt was by design or if it tipped off the Seahawks.

Punter Jordan Berry is the usual holder for Boswell, but on the first play of the second quarter, Tomlin sent Jones onto the field after the field-goal unit was already in the huddle on fourth-and-2 at the Seattle 27.

"They didn't want to show it early that I was coming on the field," Jones said of the coaches. "[The Seahawks] might have expected it seeing me come into the game."

Either way, the element of surprise was gone when Jones shifted from the holder and dropped into a deep shotgun formation. His first target was Miller, who was covered, so he threw down the left sideline to his second target -- tackle Alejandro Villanueva. Cornerback Jeremy Lane intercepted the throw and returned the pick 54 yards, setting up a touchdown.

"It's on me," Tomlin said of the call. …

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