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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Dealing With AC Joint Sprain & Torn Shoulder Ligaments


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger confirmed during an interview with 93.7 the Fan that he is dealing with a sprained AC joint and has torn ligaments in right throwing shoulder.

“It’s definitely sore,” Roethlisberger said, via CBS Pittsburgh. “I think it’s a little bit better than it was, but we’re still going to just take it day-by-day.”

Roethlisberger added that he still isn’t sure if he’ll be able to play against the Broncos.

“I’ll go in tomorrow with the intent to see what I can do,” Roethlisberger said. “I honestly don’t know. I haven’t tried to throw a football since the game, and maybe that’s not even the right thing to do right away. I’ll see the doctors and trainers tomorrow, we’ll evaluate kind of how I feel. If anything, maybe I can practice and hand off and still get some mental reps that way. So we’ll really just kind of see how it goes tomorrow.


Michael Silver reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has a separated right shoulder. However, depending on extent of damage, he’s expected to try to play in their Divisional playoff game against the Broncos next week.

  • Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport are reporting that the initial belief regarding Roethlisberger’s shoulder injury is that he has a sprained AC joint.
  • Roethlisberger will still undergo an MRI on Sunday, but it sounds like this could be good news for the Steelers.

Yesterday, Roethlisberger had X-rays taken on his injured shoulder, but they revealed that he doesn’t have a broken collarbone, per Breer.


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was taken to the locker room during the third quarter of Saturday’s Wildcard game against the Bengals with an apparent right shoulder injury.

Roethlisberger was trying to roll out when he turned into the arms of Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict. Big Ben’s shoulder slammed into the ground, and he remained down for a period of time.

From the look of it, Roethlisberger may have sustained an AC joint and/or a collarbone injury.

Landry Jones will replace him as the team’s starting quarterback for the duration of the game.

Roethlisberger, 33, is in the first year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $64 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $1 million in 2015 to go along with another $17.75 million in 2016.

In 2015, Roethlisberger threw for 3,938 yards while completing 68 percent of his passes to go along with 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the course of 12 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Roethlisberger’s injury as the news is available.


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