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Tomlin Not Critical Of Barron’s Hit That Knocked Roethlisberger Out

Pittsburgh Steelers v St. Louis Rams

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged Monday that Ben Roethlisberger will “be out for a number of weeks” after suffering a sprained MCL in Sunday’s win over the Rams, Dan Hanzus of reports.

Roethlisberger suffered the injury on an unusual play. Rams safety Mark Barron lost his balance while charging in on a blitz, stumbling several yards before crashing to the turf near Roethlisberger’s feet. Roethlisberger’s left leg collided with Barron’s shoulder, leading to the injury.

No flag was thrown for the low hit. Tomlin wouldn’t address if he believed Baron’s tackle was clean.

“I’m not going to be critical of the hit or officiating,” Tomlin said. “You guys know we got a letter stressing us not to do that.”

The tackle could be interpreted as illegal according to the NFL rulebook. From ESPN: “A rushing defender is prohibited from forcibly hitting in the knee area or below a passer who has one or both feet on the ground, even if the initial contact is above the knee. It is not a foul if the defender is blocked (or fouled) into the passer and has no opportunity to avoid him.”

Barron’s explanation: “I tripped over somebody’s feet and on my way down I caught a piece of his leg.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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