When Harbaugh was asked this week about Roethlisberger playing with a broken nose in the teams' previous meeting on Dec. 5, Harbaugh responded: "He's a tough guy. He had the broken nose. I was glad we broke his nose and then I was very impressed that he played through it. Obviously, you can throw very effectively with a broken nose -- he proved that."
It sounded like Harbaugh was complimenting Roethlisberger for his toughness. But some ran with the "glad we broke his nose" part of the quote.
In the Steelers' locker room Tuesday, Roethlisberger said he knows Harbaugh and wasn't bothered by the comments. Like Roethlisberger, Harbaugh is a Miami (Ohio) alum.
"I think it was taken out of context, if you ask me," Roethlisberger said. "I know Coach Harbaugh. He's a Miami guy and us Miami guys stick together; there’s so few of us. Actually, on the field before every game we talk to each other and ask how everything is going. So I don't think it was intended maliciously at all."