Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is helped by teammates after being injured
ENGLEWOOD—So why did Ben Roethlisberger reveal the extent of his shoulder injury?
“I’m an honest person,’’ Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, said Wednesday in a conference call with the Denver media. “When they ask me what’s going on, I tell them. I don’t think there’s any reason to lie.”
Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show earlier this week that he not only has a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, as had been widely reported, but torn ligaments, which was news to the world.
Roethlisberger, 33, may have to take a painkiller shot or two this week in order to play in the AFC second-round playoff game Sunday afternoon (2:40 kickoff) against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
But then many players on both sides are expected to take a shot or two prior to the game.
“If I have to go out and take some extra stuff to deal with the pain, I’ll do it,” Roethlisberger said.
The Steelers and Broncos met less than a month ago at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Broncos blew a 27-10 lead as Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns and All Pro receiver Antonio Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns to help Pittsburgh rally for a 34-27 win.
The Broncos played that game without their two starting safeties, Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward. Both are expected to play Sunday.
“We didn’t face them at full strength,’’ Roethlisberger said. “We know that. That’s why we got lucky last time. It was at our place and we made the plays.’’
At six-feet five-inches tall, 241 pounds, Roethlisberger has been arguably the NFL’s most physical quarterback during his 12 seasons. He is hard to bring down, but his knack for extending plays also invites his share of hard hits. He has earned a reputation for toughness through his ability to play through numerous injuries.
“That’s just who I am,” Roethlisberger said. “I think that’s who my family is. You want to be a tough guy.”
The right shoulder injury, though, presents a unique challenge.
“Obviously, as a thrower … I probably would rather have an injury anywhere else on my body other than my right shoulder.’’
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