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Ben Roethlisberger's broken nose is a sore subject for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are no strangers to penalties for illegal hits this season. That may be why the team and its followers seem dumbfounded that no flag was thrown after the blow that resulted in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's broken nose Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

You be the judge. Should defensive tackle Haloti Ngata been penalized for this hit to Roethlisberger's face in the first quarter of the Steelers' 13-10 victory?

Needless to say, Roethlisberger thought it was an illegal hit.

According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook, Roethlisberger said: "A hand came through my facemask and, the next thing I knew, blood was running down my face. I said to [referee Terry McAulay], ‘He hit me in the head.’ He said, ‘He was just trying to tackle you.' "

Cook goes on to say that Roethlisberger gets no protection from NFL officials. What do you think?

-- Chuck Schilken

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