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Ben Roethlisberger says hip injury is causing issues for his accuracy

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Ben Roethlisberger had several off-target throws in Sunday's loss to the Packers. The two misfires to JuJu Smith-Schuster were the most notable, especially on the first one, as it would have been a touchdown for Smith-Schuster if Roethlisberger put the ball where it needed to be.

Roethlisberger said after the game that the two missed throws to Smith-Schuster could have been because he was dipping his elbow. But, after watching film, he thinks it was because of an injury to his hip. Roethlisberger said his hip is a little "black and blue" right now.

“It was more about the lower body than my elbow,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “There is so much compensating that happens when you can’t drive into a throw. I’m not going to make excuses. I’ve been doing this a long time and playing through lower-body injuries before.

“I have to find ways to be better with my lower body. Going back and watching the game, a few times a lot of throws I missed it was because my lower body wasn’t in sync — over-striding, not stepping toward my target, things mechanically I know I can fix and need to fix.”

Roethlisberger still has the arm strength, but with his accuracy being so off against the Packers, I figured it had to do be a lower-body issue. It's a hip injury here, but I think the arthritis in Ben's knees has caught up to him also. Only natural when you're 39 and in your 18th season in the NFL.

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