Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joked Wednesday that he will be more careful about extending plays this Sunday against Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the Detroit Lions defense.
“Well, yeah, you’ve got to be careful,” Suh said, via ESPN.com. “You’ll end up dead if you’re not careful. This is a great D-line and defense.
“Yeah, well, I tell myself all the time to be alert for those things. But then, when the bullets are flying, who knows what’s going to happen?”
Roethlisberger doesn’t know what to expect from Suh.
“I’ve yet to play him,” he said, via the team’s website. “I like to judge people off of what I see, what I do and what happens with me. Obviously, he has gotten penalties in the past and has been fined and things like that. I’ve never had a chance to play against him. After the game, we can talk about how I feel about it personally.”
Roethlisberger has been sacked 379 times since the start of the 2001 season, the most in the league.
Suh and Fairley said Wednesday that nobody will be killed on Sunday.
“That’s interesting,” Suh said. “I’m not a killer. My track record proves that one.
“I guess I can take that somewhat as a compliment. But no, there’s going to be no killing on Sunday.”
Fairley added: “I wouldn’t say ‘kill someone,’ but if we stay alive in our rushes, sooner or later we’re going to get there. He’s the type of quarterback that’s going to hold the ball to extend plays. And watching, Coach telling us this morning, we just gotta stay alive.
“We can be on one side of the field, and he can reverse and come back to you. So just stay alive in the rush. That’s what we’re going to try and harp on.”