Ben Roethlisberger helped motivate Steelers before Monday’s rout of Bengals

first_img Tyler Boyd: Bengals ’embarrassed’ by Steelers in prime time Ben Roethlisberger may be sidelined with an injury, but the veteran quarterback is still leading the team to victory.Ahead of Monday’s rout of the Bengals, Roethlisberger motivated the team with a pregame speech in an effort to stop their three-game losing skid. It worked.  Three takeaways from Steelers’ dominating win against Bengals The Steelers went on to win 27-3 for their first victory of the season.“For a player like Ben Roethlisberger, who was born to play football, it says something about the man,” Alejandro Villanueva said. “It opens the eyes and hearts of those players who, maybe in the back of their minds, take it for granted.”Roethlisberger will be out for the foreseeable future after he underwent surgery on his right elbow last week in Los Angeles.The Week 4 contest marked the first time he joined his teammates for a game since he suffered the injury to his elbow in the Sept. 16 loss to the Seahawks at Heinz Field.center_img “He just talked about the opportunity and not taking for granted being able to play,” cornerback Joe Haden said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Coming from Ben, knowing he played such a long time and (to) see how much he misses it, how much he wants to be out there, it puts it in perspective for a lot of guys.”Pittsburgh responded well to Roethlisberger’s message. Related News “That’s our leader, so his presence was definitely felt,” James Conner said. “Just having our leader there was huge for us and having him on the sideline, communicating, relaying messages to Mason (Rudolph), him telling us what he sees. He did everything he could except play.”The Steelers will now focus their attention on the Ravens, who they will host Sunday.Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET.last_img

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