Steelers coach Mike Tomlin defended leaving injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the fourth quarter Monday night when the game had already been decided.
Roethlisberger, who was hobbled by a high ankle sprain, played the final three possessions of the game after the 49ers had gone ahead by 17 points with nine minutes left. He was sacked twice on those last few series.
"He and I have been in that situation before," Tomlin said today, via The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I know what kind of competitor he is. I wanted to support him in that."
After the game, Roethlisberger said Tomlin "tried to get me out" but he refused to do so. "I'm not quitting on our guys," he said. "I started this thing, I'm going to finish it."
In other injury news, Tomlin said backup running back Mewelde Moore won't play against the Rams after suffering an MCL sprain. There is a chance that center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) could return after missing Monday's game.
STAT THAT STICKS: 14 -- Number of turnovers by the Steelers in their four losses this season. They have forced only two turnovers in those defeats.
OVERHEARD: "This a pretty old place, or they didn't pay their light bill." -- Linebacker James Farrior after watching two power outages delay Monday night's game.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers (10-4) return home to play the St. Louis Rams (2-12) on Saturday. The Rams have lost five straight games and are 1-6 on the road this season.