Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the third quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger says ‘you have to be careful’ against Lions D, or ‘end up dead’


The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to get another win on Sunday, but they’ll have to beat a tough Detroit Lions team to get there. The Lions defense has become known as a tough unit.

“Yeah, you have to be careful,” Roethlisberger said jokingly, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You’ll end up dead if you’re not careful.”

Fortunately for Roethlisberger, the Lions have 15 sacks on the season, a mark that ranks 29th in the NFL. They do however have 11 interceptions, a mark that is one of the best in the league.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has become known as a dirty player. He has been caught pulling all sorts of stunts on the field and has already been fined $135,000 this season. Suh wisely chose to tread carefully and down play Roethlisberger’s comments.

“I guess I can take that somewhat as a compliment,” Suh said. “But no, there’s going to be no killing on Sunday.”

Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t as complimentary as Roethlisberger was. Sanders went as far as to say they won’t be bullied.

“You know about Ndamukong Suh. He’s paid the NFL offices a lot of money,” Sanders said. “It’s evident. Everyone knows who’s the dirtiest player in the league right now. He takes pride in that. He takes pride in being one of the dirtiest players because, on defense, you’ve got to have to have that mentality. But we’re not going to get bullied.”

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  • William Rhoads

    Everybody does not like our D-line! The call that Suh is the dirty player and uncalled for when you have to beat the opposing team plus the refs it not easy but we can and will do both!GO LIONS WIN!