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Ben Roethlisberger mocks sideline cell phone investigation (pic)


Ben Roethlisberger made light of the much ballyhooed investigation into how he erroneously appeared to be using a cell phone on the sidelines during a game — a definite no-no — by holding up a play sheet to his ear and pretending to talk into it during Monday’s 24-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Head coach Mike Tomlin evidently was quite amused by Big Ben’s hijinks, as he appeared to laugh at the quarterback’s mocking of the incident.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, out with sprained MCL and a bone bruise, was captured by NBC cameras during last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens peering at something on the sidelines. It turned out it was simply a black wristband that contained play calls, not any sort of cell phone or other personal electronic device.

The Steelers have been involved in their fair share of sideline-related issues this season. Not only was Roethlisberger briefly investigated by the NFL for what occurred during last week’s game against the Ravens, the team was on the other side of a controversy after Steelers coaches apparently heard the New England Patriots’ radio broadcast in their headsets at times during Sept. 10 game between the teams.