Steelers notebook: Roethlisberger injures hand against Saints
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger banged his hand on Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during the first quarter of Sunday's 35-32 loss.
Even though Roethlisberger did not come out of the game, he was flexing his hand and indicated to the sidelines immediately after to run the ball.
The injury happened when Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown on a 21-yard pass on third-and-8 in the first quarter. On the next five plays, Roethlisberger handed off. Before throwing the final play of the quarter, Roethlisberger ran over to the sidelines and tossed a pass to backup Bruce Gradkowski.
“I am sure every quarterback has that happen every game,” Roethlisberger said. “Does it hurt? Yeah. Did it affect my throwing? No.”
Bell hits milestone
Le'Veon Bell went over 1,000 yards and became only the fifth player in Steelers history to go over 1,500 all-purpose yards.
“It's a very individual accomplishment,” Bell said. “It is not something a lot of people can do.”
Bell finished with 254 all-purpose yards against the Saints — 95 yards rushing and 159 receiving. Bell has 1,046 yards rushing and 65 receptions for 643 yards.
In his first game back since Week 3, Ike Taylor gave up a 69-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills in the third quarter on a double move.
“Your eyes can be your friend or your worst enemy,” Taylor said. “So when your eyes aren't where they need to be, just for that split-second, that's what happens.”
The Saints rushed for 143 yards for a 5.5 yards-per-carry average with only 9 of those yards in the first quarter. Mark Ingram rushed for 122 yards. It was only the third 100-yard rusher the Steelers have allowed this year — Terrance West and Arian Foster.