PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Never one to pass the buck, Ben Roethlisberger, who completed half his attempts for 285 yards, three touchdowns, and one costly pick in his return Sunday, stood up for the teammate who postured for big bucks over the summer.

“No one should ever get booed,” Roethlisberger said in regard to fans at Heinz Field who loudly did so to receiver Mike Wallace during a 34-24 loss to the Chargers. “We’re out there busting our butt, and no one ever does anything, intentionally, to hurt the team. I don’t intentionally throw interceptions. Guys don’t miss blocks or fumble…we don’t intentionally do it.”

In any event, even 30-year-old Big Ben, an accomplished veteran who has endured his share of indefensible performances, had a hard time explaining the ones that have taken place this season, including Sunday’s.

“I have no clue. If I knew, we probably wouldn’t do it anymore. We’ve just got to play better.”

Fortunately for the Steelers, Roethlisberger, from a physical standpoint, said he finished the game without pain:

With work and some scoreboard-watching still to be done, they will try to bounce back in Dallas, home of the 7-6 Cowboys, next Sunday at 4:15 on KDKA-TV.

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