Hole in the middle

Roethlisberger won't miss Urlacher

September 16, 2009, 2:58 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't crying over the Chicago Bears loss of Brian Urlacher.

"You never, ever like for somebody to be hurt," said Rothlisberger. "But as a quarterback playing against one of the best defensive players in the game, I'm not upset that he's not going to be out there. I'm upset he's hurt, but not upset he's not going to be out there.

"Whenever you lose your quarterback on defense, or you lose that guy who's the Pro Bowler -- probably one of the best defensive players in football -- it's going to affect you somehow," Rothlisberger added. "Regardless if you want to say that you got guys that are going to fill in, yeah ,you know that and you have that confidence, but you're missing that guy."

Rothlisberger's only previous meeting against Urlacher and the Bears came back in 2005 -- when Pittsburgh won a snowy 21-9 contest at Heinz Field. Urlacher was a central figure in the game, but for all the wrong reasons. The middle linebacker got steamrolled by former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis on the goal line, a play and a victory, that many feel jumpstarted Pittsburgh's march towards winning Super Bowl XL in Detroit.


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