Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tried to crack a joke Wednesday about the potency of the Detroit Lions' defensive tackle tandem, but Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley aren't laughing, according to a report on ESPN.com.
"Well, yeah, you've got to be careful," Roethlisberger said during a conference call with Detroit media. "You'll end up dead if you're not careful.
"This is a great D-line and defense. Yeah, we'll, I tell myself all the time to be alert for those things but then when the bullets are flying who knows what's going to happen."
Suh, however, wasn't fond of Big Ben's choice of verbiage.
"I'm not a killer," Suh said. "My track record proves that one. I guess I can take that somewhat as a compliment. But no, there's going to be no killing on Sunday."
As the most-sacked QB in the NFL since 2001 (379 times, according to ESPN Stats & Information), Roethlisberger realizes he and the Steelers' offensive line will have their hands full with the hard-charging and blitzing ways of Suh and Fairley.
Fairley agreed with his teammate that he's not out for blood or to cause injury -- or worse -- to Roethlisberger.
"I wouldn't say kill someone, but if we stay alive in our rushes, sooner or later we're going to get there," Fairley said. "He's (Roethlisberger) the type of quarterback that's going to hold the ball to extend plays and watching, coach telling us this morning, we just gotta stay alive.
"We can be on one side of the field and he can reverse and come back to you so just stay alive in the rush and that's what we're going to try and harp on."