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Roethlisberger honored by Cowher's comments

| Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger hopes to play Sunday night in Denver, expects to hear from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell soon about his conditional suspension and has no problem with recent comments made by former Steelers coach Bill Cowher.

Cowher told the Associated Press in an interview earlier this week that Roethlisberger has been hard to reach in regard to his-off-the-field behavior during the latter's first three years in the league. Cowher, who told AP that he believes Roethlisberger is a good person, likened it to a child not always listening to his or her parents and having to learn something the hard way.

"Any time a Hall of Fame coach kind of gives that fatherly advice, it's an honor that he sees you in that light," Roethlisberger said Wednesday after practice. "I think it's a good thing."

On how his once uneasy relationship with Cowher has evolved, Roethlisberger said, "It's gone from being a rookie quarterback and a coach that's been around for a long time to a guy that I can talk to in an almost fatherly relationship if you will. It's probably a little easier for both of us to have that relationship."

» Quarterback Byron Leftwich accepted full blame for the mix-up at the end of the first half of Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants that ended with Mewelde Moore being stuffed on third and 1 with the half ending before the Steelers could run another play. On first down at the 1, Leftwich failed to score on a sneak and the Steelers were forced to call timeout with 15 seconds remaining. "I take full responsibility," Leftwich said Wednesday. "I just messed up. It doesn't matter how." Leftwich, whose second-down pass to Antwaan Randle El was knocked away in the end zone, was evasive with reporters about what occurred during the final series of the opening half. "I have nothing against spiking the ball. I think if it was a regular season, it would have been a whole lot worse," said Leftwich.

» Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey practiced exclusively with the first team yesterday. Pouncey hasn't practiced at guard for a week. "I've got a big smile on my face, I'm not going to lie about that," Pouncey said. "I want to stay humble and keep working at it."

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