Ben Roethlisberger says he’ll do everything he can to face Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Miami University RedHawks standout Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday he's going to do everything he can to play in his team's game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field despite an injury to his left pectoral muscle.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws in the first quarter during an NFL Week 15 football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

He added that he's not sure how the muscle was injured during the first quarter last Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. He said the injury bothered him for most of the game, which Pittsburgh lost 26-17.

Roethlisberger, 24-8 all-time in the regular season against the Bengals, also told reporters that it hurts "when I reach for something outside the framework of my body or when I push up off the ground."

"We all need to be better to eliminate hits, to have a better run game, to have more big plays, to be more efficient," Roethlisberger added. "It’s on all of us to help those things."

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week that Roethlisberger's injury will affect the quarterback's preparation for Sunday's game.

Mason Rudolph is the Steelers' backup quarterback.

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