Roeth­lis­berger leads Steel­ers over Red­skins

Coach says New­ton’s OK, will face 49ers on Sun­day

Baltimore Sun - - NFL -

Ben Roeth­lis­berger re­cov­ered his own fum­ble at a piv­otal mo­ment and didn’t look back, throw­ing three touch­down passes to lead the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers to a 38-16 vic­tory over the Washington Red­skins on Mon­day night.

Roeth­lis­berger com­pleted 27 of 37 passes for 300 yards, in­clud­ing two touch­downs to All-Pro wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown and an­other to Eli Rogers. Of­ten play­ing on the op­po­site side from Josh Nor­man and tor­ment­ing cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land, Brown made eight catches for 126 yards.

Start­ing in place of the sus­pended Le’Veon Bell, DeAn­gelo Wil­liams ran for 143 yards and two touch­downs on 26 car­ries.

Washington led 6-0 and ap­peared to have an­other scor­ing op­por­tu­nity late in the first quar­ter when line­backer Ryan Ker­ri­gan sacked and stripped Roeth­lis­berger deep in Pitts­burgh ter­ri­tory. Steel­ers cen­ter Mau­r­kice Pouncey knocked the ball out of Ker­ri­gan’s hands, and Roeth­lis­berger dived on it at his own13-yard line.

Roeth­lis­berger then guided Pitts­burgh 87 yards down the field, fin­ish­ing the drive with a 29-yard touch­down pass to Brown on a gutsy fourth-and-1 call from the Washington 29. The next time he got the ball, Roeth­lis­berger took the Steel­ers 67 yards on 14 plays to make it 14-6.

Pitts­burgh’s pass­ing at­tack got click­ing, but Kirk Cousins and the Red­skins couldn’t keep up. With Matt Jones and the run­ning game grounded and tight end Jor­dan Reed taken out of the pic­ture, Cousins fin­ished 30 of 43 for 329 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Washington got it as close as 24-16 on Chris Thomp­son’s fourth-quar­ter touch­down. Then Roeth­lis­berger was at it again, tak­ing the Steel­ers 77 yards as Wil­liams put the game away with a 15-yard touch­down run to break the 30-point mark. Rivera ex­pects New­ton to play: Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said he fully ex­pects Cam New­ton to play this Sun­day against the San Fran­cisco 49ers, de­spite tak­ing at least four hel­met-to-hel­met hits in a Week 1 loss to the Den­ver Bron­cos.

Rivera said that while New­ton’s body is sore, his head is fine.

“He’s tough, he’s re­silient and he’s mov­ing around pretty good,” Rivera said Mon­day, re­it­er­at­ing that his quar­ter­back has passed a num­ber of con­cus­sion tests.

New­ton made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Steel­ers run­ning back DeAn­gelo Wil­liams crosses into the end zone as Washington de­fen­sive back David Bru­ton watches from the turf dur­ing the sec­ond half of Mon­day night’s game in Lan­dover. Pitts­burgh de­feated Washington, 38-16. locker room, but did not an­swer ques­tions. He’s ex­pected to ad­dress the me­dia Wed­nes­day.

The NFL and the Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion are both look­ing into whether more should have been done when New­ton took a shot to the head in the fi­nal minute of the game from Den­ver safety Dar­ian Ste­wart.

The NFL re­leased a state­ment Fri­day say­ing there was com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween med­i­cal per­son­nel on the Carolina side­line, in­clud­ing an un­af­fil­i­ated neu­ro­trauma con­sul­tant, and two in­de­pen­dent cer­ti­fied ath­letic trainer-spot­ters in the booth. They ul­ti­mately con­cluded there were no in­di­ca­tions of a con­cus­sion.

Rivera said he is fully con­fi­dent that the Pan­thers med­i­cal staff han­dled the sit­u­a­tion prop­erly and un­der­stands the con­cus­sion pro­to­col. Rivera pointed out that the Pan­thers held out their top de­fen­sive player, mid­dle line­backer Luke Kuechly, for three games last sea­son be­cause of a con­cus­sion.

The NFL will re­view all of the Week 1 games and will hand out fines later in the week. Rivera has sent in “a num­ber of plays” into the league for re­view. Sea­hawks’ Wilson has an­kle sprain: Seattle coach Pete Car­roll be­lieves quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wilson will be able to play in Week 2 against Los An­ge­les de­spite suf­fer­ing a sprained an­kle in the opener against Miami.

Speak­ing on his weekly ra­dio show on KIRO-AM on Mon­day, Car­roll said Wilson has been di­ag­nosed with a sprained an­kle. Car­roll said both X-rays and an MRI came back clear, but there is some swelling. Bron­cos’ Mar­shall loses an­other en­dorse­ment: Evap­o­rat­ing en­dorse­ments and burn­ing T-shirts won’t de­ter Bron­cos line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall from con­tin­u­ing to kneel dur­ing the na­tional an­them in sup­port of Colin Kaeper­nick’s protest of social in­jus­tices.

“Yes, I will kneel again on Sun­day,” said Mar­shall, who will meet with Den­ver po­lice Chief Robert White on Tues­day to dis­cuss bet­ter treat­ment of mi­nori­ties.

“It should cre­ate some good dia­logue,” Mar­shall said Mon­day af­ter an en­dorse­ment from in­ter­net provider Cen­tu­ryLink over his stance and learn­ing a fan had burned a T-shirt out­side team head­quar­ters in protest of Mar­shall’s an­them kneel­down. Charg­ers put Allen on IR, ac­ti­vate Bosa: San Diego placed wide re­ceiver Keenan Allen on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve with what’s be­lieved to be a torn ACL in his right knee, and ac­ti­vated rookie Joey Bosa a day af­ter a stun­ning loss at Kansas City.

Allen in­jured his right knee in the first half of Sun­day’s 33-27 loss in which the Charg­ers blew a 21-point, third-quar­ter lead.

Bosa has been on the ros­ter-ex­empt list. He missed all of train­ing camp in a nasty con­tract dis­pute and then tweaked a ham­string last week.

PA­TRICK SE­MAN­SKY/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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