Big Ben says he should have saved timeout

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers fans aren’t the only ones who second-guessed Ben Roethlisberger’s decision to use a timeout late in a 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Roethlisberger said he should have saved the timeout and taken a delay of game penalty when it became apparent that the Steelers would not get the play off in time.

The Steelers scored a touchdown on the drive but they had to attempt an onside kick -- the Raiders easily recovered it -- because there were less than two minutes left in the game and they only had two timeouts.

“Hindsight I shouldn’t have done it,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan during his weekly radio show. “I’ll take the blame for that. I won’t make that mistake again.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers visit the Patriots Sunday, and the 10th-year veteran said he doesn’t know who will block for him in New England. Left guard Ramon Foster (concussion), right guard David DeCastro (ankle) and backup lineman Guy Whimper (knee) all left the Oakland game with injuries.

Coach Mike Tomlin will provide an injury update at his weekly news conference at noon on Tuesday, and Roethlisberger said it is mystifying how wholesale injuries across the offensive line are a recurring theme for the Steelers.

“It seems like our offensive line gets hurt more than any other team’s and I don’t know why,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s kind of just freaky things. Is it bad luck? It seems like it happens all of the time. I’ll go in tomorrow and find out who’s healthy enough to go this week and who’s going to be at what spots and move on from there.”