Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see Ndamoukong Suh extend a leg toward his knee, but he definitely felt some impact.
“When it happened I knew something funny happened,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan’s Cook and Poni show. “It didn’t feel like a natural thing. I felt something hit my knee harder than anything ever has before. … It felt like someone tried to trip me. … I asked the ref if anyone had tried to trip me and he said no.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers reported the play to the league after their lost to the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago. Suh was rushing Roethlisberger when he extend out a leg and struck the quarterback directly in the knee. It was clearly forceful, as Roethlisberger’s entire leg moved backwards on the moment of impact.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported the NFL decided not to fine Suh for the strike.
The Dolphins defensive lineman has been accused of dirty play many times in his career. He has been fined in the past for questionable hits, and suspended. In 2011, Suh was suspended two games for stomping on former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s arm and shoving his head into the turf.
He was also suspended in 2014 for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leg.