Mike Tomlin on why Steelers ruled Ben Roethlisberger out so early: 'We’re a transparent group. We don’t hide'

Ryan Hannable
October 19, 2016 - 1:28 pm
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[caption id="attachment_112828" align="alignright" width="400"]Mike Tomlin and the Steelers ruled Ben Roethlisberger out on Tuesday. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports) Mike Tomlin and the Steelers ruled Ben Roethlisberger out on Tuesday. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. Instead of perhaps having the Patriots guess for a few days with who would start at quarterback this Sunday, the Steelers officially ruled Roethlisberger out on Tuesday and named Landry Jones the starter. "We're a transparent group. We don't hide. We are who we are," Steelers coaching Mike Tomlin said on a conference call with New England reporters on Wednesday. "He had a surgical procedure to address his knee issue so to eliminate any potential questions or distractions regarding his availability and get firmly focused on the task at hand with the man playing quarterback that's playing quarterback this week. That's the approach." Another topic that came up on the call were technological issues on the sidelines. The Patriots had trouble this past Sunday and the last time the two teams met, the Steelers had issues when they heard the Patriots' radio broadcast over their headsets during the Week 1 matchup in 2015 at Gillette Stadium. "We've had some technological issues on the sidelines, particularly in recent years, so that's nothing new," Tomlin said. The Patriots enter the game 5-1, while the Steelers are 4-2, but are expected to be without Roethlisberger for 4-6 weeks after surgery on Monday. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.