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Sam Farmer's Monday film review

Times NFL writer Sam Farmer sorts through the best of Monday's film.

December 01, 2009
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Hines Ward head off the field after connecting for a touchdown against Cleveland last month.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Hines Ward head… (Jason Bridge / US Presswire )

A common postgame response to questions after NFL games is, "I have to wait to see the film." Times NFL writer Sam Farmer sorts through the best of Monday's film review:

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Hines Ward, Pittsburgh receiver, in an NBC interview, on playing through injuries:

"I've lied to a couple of doctors saying 'I'm straight, I feel good,' when I knew I'm really not straight."

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Ward, to ESPN, on his apparent questioning of the decision to sit Ben Roethlisberger for the Baltimore game:

"I'm not going to question Ben's toughness; the guy came back from a motorcycle incident and played that whole year. So me questioning his toughness, that was never the case. It wasn't me calling Ben out."

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Larry Johnson, former Kansas City running back who now plays for Cincinnati:

"Sometimes people are spoiled as far as they don't see the 80-yard passes or the 90-yard runs like they're used to. But this is the [AFC North] division; this is what it is. These are the divisions that go to the Super Bowl, the ones that can grind it out."

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Tommie Harris, Chicago defensive tackle, on losing to the Minnesota Vikings:

"They play well up front and they got a daddy [quarterback Brett Favre] in the backfield. I felt like a little kid out there with a daddy just beating us up."

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Alex Brown, Bears defensive end, on the team's seventh loss and the moving forward now that playoff hopes are crushed:

"Pride is going to become an issue here. It's going to be heart and pride and who really enjoys playing the game of football. We're going to see who really wants to go play when there is nothing to play for besides going to play the game."

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Ben Grubbs, Baltimore guard, on the Steelers sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco five times in the second half:

"Five sacks is definitely too much. ... I don't know anybody that can perform when guys are in their face and hitting them and putting them on their backs."

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