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Ben Roethlisberger Says The Steelers Will Be On The Field For The Anthem Moving Forward

Pittsburgh elected to stay in the locker room/tunnel on Sunday.

The Steelers weren't on the field for the national anthem on Sunday.

That won't be the case moving forward.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced today that the team will "be on the field" while The Star-Spangled Banner plays during future games.

The Steelers have yet to decide what they'll be doing on the field while the anthem plays, though.

Roethlisberger released the following statement on his website earlier today, saying he regretted not being on the field in Chicago on Sunday.

I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday. The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.

As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally don’t believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. For me, and many others on my team and around the league, it is a tribute to those who commit to serve and protect our country, current and past, especially the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.

I appreciate the unique diversity in my team and throughout the league and completely support the call for social change and the pursuit of true equality. Moving forward, I hope standing for the Anthem shows solidarity as a nation, that we stand united in respect for the people on the front lines protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. God bless those men and women.

Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS before the game that the team's decision was not a political one, but one made to make sure the team wasn't divided.

Pittsburgh is set to play at Baltimore on Sunday.