Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger notes hip pain but ‘I need to be better’

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is accepting blame for Pittsburgh’s one-3 start off but reiterated his self-assurance in the workforce turning factors all-around.

“I want to be far better,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “I want to struggle by means of and determine out how to make far better choices, how to make far better throws, how to be a far better soccer player. That’s why I just said I am not heading to stop. I am heading to keep doing that.

“I am not providing up on this period. No 1 in this setting up is. It truly is nonetheless early, and there’s nonetheless a good deal of struggle remaining in us.”

Soon after Sunday’s loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Roethlisberger said he dropped his elbow on some passes, primary to inconsistent throws and skipped connections with his receivers.

But on Tuesday, mentor Mike Tomlin disclosed Roethlisberger was working with a “hip issue.” The quarterback said it happened for the duration of the recreation and affected his functionality, but he expects to play Sunday towards the Denver Broncos.

“It truly is pretty sore,” Roethlisberger said. “If I showed you the photo, you may well not be also perfectly to your abdomen. It truly is a minimal black and blue.

“… As a quarterback, there’s so significantly associated in your reduced overall body. Persons possibly consider as a quarterback or as a thrower, it’s ‘how’s your arm doing?’ Your arm is truthfully a little part in comparison to the whole bundle. It truly is your main. It truly is your reduced overall body. I have obtained to find approaches to be far better with my reduced overall body. Going again and observing the recreation, a several instances, a good deal of throws I skipped, were being skipped due to the fact my reduced overall body wasn’t in sync.”

The hip issue is the next in-recreation personal injury Roethlisberger has endured about the earlier two months, along with a remaining pec personal injury towards the Las Vegas Raiders, but he downplayed fears about his health and fitness.

“We are all working with them,” he said. “We are all working with accidents. It truly is a violent recreation.”

Via 4 games, Roethlisberger has thrown 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with a 64.one completion percentage. His QBR is just 36.3.

But like his mentor said Tuesday, Roethlisberger affirmed that the issues contributing to his up-and-down functionality are fixable.

“I know that I can play far better soccer,” Roethlisberger said. “I believe that in myself. I know that no matter what is actually heading on, I am heading to struggle my butt off to get a acquire, and if which is the way I want to lead ideal now, by exhibiting these guys that I am heading to do anything I can to acquire a soccer recreation, I will keep doing that.”