Big Slash Ben adds first career reception in loss to the Dolphins

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was credited with a reception by the league upon their statistical reconciliation of Pittsburgh's Week 14 loss to Miami.

Maybe it's time to put a "Slash" between the "Big" and "Ben."

The NFL changed their statistical decisions in Pittsburgh's Week 14 loss to Miami, crediting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a reception on a last-ditch play with six laterals that nearly resulted in a dramatic touchdown.

Technically, he would have received the pass from right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Roethlisberger flipped it over to Antonio Brown - a lateral that would have counted, according to the NFL after the game - who stepped out of bounds at the 12-yard line. He was out by maybe an inch of his left foot.

It started with a complete pass from Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders, who eventually lateraled it to Jerricho Cotchery. He flipped it to running back Le'Veon Bell, who made a nice throw back to Gilbert.

It was Roethlisberger's first career reception. Gilbert was not credited with a pass on the play.

Jason Worilds was docked a sack for falling on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, giving him seven on the season. He was initially credited with having two in the game. He now has six sacks and 38 tackles in the team's last six games.

Brown had a yard added to his stat total, giving him 138 for the game, and 1,241 for the season. Cotchery lost five yards, giving him 57 yards on five catches in the game.

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