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Roethlisberger Suggests 49ers Targeted His Injured Ankle

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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbles the ball after being sacked by Aldon Smith #99 and Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Smith recovered the fumble for the 49ers. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbles the ball after being sacked by Aldon Smith #99 and Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Smith recovered the fumble for the 49ers. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (CBS Sports) – In Week 15 of 2011, the Steelers rolled a gimpy Ben Roethlisberger out to San Francisco to face the 49ers in hopes that Pittsburgh could catch the Ravens in the AFC North.

The plan backfired as Roethlisberger was terrible, throwing three picks, getting sacked three times and generally looking like a guy with a badly-sprained ankle. Appearing Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show, Roethlisberger was asked about an opposing team targeting a specific injury and suggested that the 49ers targeted his ankle in that game.

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