The majority of the Deadspin comment section about the sack on Ben Roethlisberger to take him temporarily out of the game and ultimately result in a separated shoulder disagrees with the statement made in the post that “It was a dirty cheap shot” I agreed with the commenters that it wasn’t. In a game with so many dirty plays throughout the game, in my opinion at first, the one to take Big Ben out was a good, legal sack. This GIF shows Burfict targeting Roethlisbergers shoulder, but it wasn’t the actual tackle that was dirty... it was on the ground afterwards. Watch for yourself.
This GIF changed my opinion immediately. Although it is quite grainy, and it’s hard to tell what is going on at first, it’s obvious Burfict’s knee was purposely launched into Roethlisberger’s throwing arm. What are your thoughts? Roethlisberger did land hard on his shoulder but it is nothing we haven’t seen before in a sack. Was that Burfict’s plan? Did he realize the shoulder took a hit and wanted to add insult to injury? Burfict did not talk to the media but he would not answer questions like that anyway.