Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has accused Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict of intentionally trying to hurt him in their 33-20 win last Sunday.
In the first half of the match, Burfict targeted Roethlisberger's ankles and, having had time to reflect on the incident, 'Big Ben' is not convinced Burfict's low helmet hit was a honest mistake.
"I don't buy that he was pushed," he told KDKA-FM, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He definitely was diving in low and going for my legs. It's tough. I am just glad I didn't get hurt.
"I remember throwing the ball and then somebody hitting my lower leg and, I am not one who complains that much to the officials, so I looked at the official and said, 'Who just went low?'" he said.
"He said he got pushed into me and 'my bad.' The officials kind of nodded."
Although Roethlisberger understands the competitive streak in the NFL, he felt compelled to speak out after a team-mate showed him a replay of the incident.
"You never want to intentionally hurt somebody," he added. "Yeah, do you want to play the game as physical as you can and try to win the game, yes.
"But never to intentionally harm somebody or put somebody out of the game or end their season or their career. That's just not the way game should be played."
The 8-5 Pittsburgh Steelers are back in action Sunday when they face the 10-3 Denver Broncos.