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Ben bruised

December 22, 2008 - John Mehno

Phil Simms played quarterback in the NFL, and he's one of the most astute analysts working games these days.

So why he did never question why Ben Roethlisberger was suddenly slinging the football with a sidearm delivery in Sunday's game at Tennessee? That's not an efficient way to throw a football, which is why it's rarely seen. From my comfortable seat, it looked like Ben had been seriously jarred on at least one of the many hits he took in that game. A quarterback who's had a shoulder separation might find it especially painful to lift his arm completely, and would therefore compromise with a sidearm motion. But while CBS noted that Ben was sidearming the ball, they never seemed to ask why that was happening.

All-around bad game. Willie Parker was close to useless (again) and the Steelers offensive line got manhandled.

The Terrible Towel stomping? Low -class gesture, but not unexpected in the context of the way things run today. And if you think that would be extra incentive for a playoff meeting between the teams, consider this: If they meet again, it will be in the AFC Championship game. You'd have to think a trip to the Super Bowl would be plenty of incentive on its own.

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