With the Pittsburgh Steelers passing the ball more than ever, concerns among the organization regarding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s knee are reportedly growing, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
The Steelers have attempted the second-most pass attempts in the league entering Sunday, as the 38-year-old’s knee is apparently affecting his mobility. The team owns the fourth-worst rushing offense in the league.
According to La Canfora, it was not Pittsburgh’s intention to stray so far from the run game this season, and that Roethlisberger’s tendency to change from runs to passes at the line of scrimmage has been a significant part of that development.
Roethlisberger has thrown 104 passes over the last two weeks, and the Steelers dropped their first game of the season last Monday against Washington.
La Canfora reports it is Roethlisberger’s relationship with offensive coordinator Randy Fitchner that has led to the concern around the club, providing the Steeler quarterback with the freedom to change calls as he sees fit. This pass-heavy attack has led the Steelers offense to become predictable and easier defended, which has been the case over recent weeks.
He adds that the Steelers are making a “concerted effort” this week to buck the trend and reestablish the run heading into their Week 14 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.