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Roethlisberger says he's sorry to OC Haley

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger cricitized offensive coordinator Todd Haley about his play selection last week and on Wednesday apologized for his remarks.

Roethlisberger thought the Steelers should have focused on getting the ball to tight end Heath Miller and stayed in the no-huddle offense more in their 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas last Sunday.

"There won't be any rift," Roethlisberger told USA Today. "Everything is fine. I don't even think Todd was upset with it. He said, 'I appreciate you coming. But I don't think you needed to.' We're good to go.

"That was just frustration, which normally doesn't get to me when speaking publicly. It was more frustration with myself than anything. We spoke on Monday. I wanted to make sure I was going to come in and apologize for causing an issue to (coach) Mike Tomlin, to Todd and Mr. (Art) Rooney."

Roethlisberger went on to say he was disappointed about his play and his negativity. He threw an interception in overtime that led to the Cowboys' winning field goal.

"I'll be better at that," he said. "It comes from wanting to do anything to win a football game. I shouldn't have come out. It was my fault."

The Steelers (7-7) are preparing for a key AFC North game against Cincinnati (8-6) on Sunday at Heinz Field, needing a win to solidify their playoff chances. Pittsburgh is 0-2 since Roethlisberger returned after missing three games with shoulder and rib injuries.
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