Immediately following the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday playoff loss to the Denver Broncos, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib accused Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of faking his shoulder injury that he suffered in the AFC Wild Card game. On Tuesday, Roethlisberger addressed Talib’s accusation during an interview on 93.7 The Fan.
“Unbelievable, right? It makes no sense but it is what it is,” Roethlisberger said.
Yes, it was unbelievable, but being as that accusation came from Talib, it’s not overly surprising.
Roethlisberger would later say that his injured shoulder would not require offseason surgery and that certainly is a relief.
“It won’t need surgery,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday morning. “I guess the ligaments will, you know, scar up and heal on their own. Obviously we’ll be dealing with a little bit of pain and some limited movement here for a little bit but supposedly will heal on its own…The only thing he told me that possibly could need surgery is down the road sometime going in and just kind of cleaning out the arthritis and where that scarring is and things like that, so I don’t foresee any surgeries or anything on the shoulder any time soon.”
During the 2015 season, the Steelers quarterback dealt with several injuries that included a sprained MCL in his left knee, a sprain in his left foot, a concussion and the aforementioned shoulder injury.
Despite him missing four regular season games during the 2015 season, Roethlisberger threw for 3,938 yards and 21 touchdowns. He did, however, throw 16 interceptions this past season with three of them coming in his first game back from his knee injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, 9 of his interceptions came against AFC North teams.