Ben Roethlisberger unsure when he’ll test injured shoulder
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Ben Roethlisberger suffered an AC joint sprain in his right throwing shoulder during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 playoff victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, something that caused him to miss most of the fourth quarter. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was reluctant to set a time when he’ll test his ailing shoulder.
“We are going to take it day-by-day but more like hour-by-hour,” he said while taking a break from rehab, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Just standing here it feels fine. Obviously, it was pretty painful during the game. Any time a thrower has a shoulder injury, it is not good.”
Roethlisberger is expected to practice Wednesday — albeit on a limited basis — and given his reputation as one of the toughest quarterbacks to ever play the position, it won’t be a surprise to see him give it a go in Sunday’s divisional round showdown with the Denver Broncos, regardless of the pain and discomfort.
At the same time, Roethlisberger acknowledged it would be “tough” for him to play against the Broncos if he’s unable to throw the ball down the field due to the AC joint sprain, which would inhibit his ability to throw the ball with any velocity.
“I don’t want to be out there if I am hurting the team,” he said. “If you can’t throw the ball 20 or 25 yards down the field, I think I am hurting the team. I don’t think we will put ourselves in that situation. If we can find any way possible of getting out there where I can deal with the pain and make plays and have to deal with the pain, the next day I will deal with it.”
If Roethlisberger is unable to play, Landry Jones would be called upon to make his third-career start under pressure-packed conditions.