Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Remaining in Locker Room With Teammates During National Anthem

The Steelers will be on the field for the national anthem “moving forward,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said alongside defensive end Cam Heyward at a press conference Monday at the team facility. Roethlisberger and Heyward are the Steelers’ captains.

“What we do while we’re out there is yet to be determined,” said Roethlisberger, whose Steelers play at the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. “I know I want to be on the field, Cam wants to be on the field, and the guys in that locker room want to be on the field.”

Roethlisberger’s comments came shortly after he wrote on his website Monday that he wishes the Steelers handled their show of unity during the national anthem differently Sunday.

Roethlisberger wrote that he “was unable to sleep last night” as the Steelers’ method of protest weighed on him.

The Steelers decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears in light of comments made by President Donald Trump about anthem protests by NFL players. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army ranger, was the lone Steeler standing just outside the tunnel, hand over heart, a move that one team source said surprised many players based on the unified approach outlined at Saturday’s players-only meeting.

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SOURCE: Jeremy Fowler