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The Steelers worry that if defensive players believe they can rough up the tough-to-bring down Roethlisberger without penalty, he could absorb a hit that puts him out of an important game.

“We don’t play like that,” Farrior said. “That’s kind of dirty. But we see the hits that Ben takes every week. It’s kind of ridiculous that they always miss those calls but, any time we breathe on a quarterback, they always seem to find that one.”