Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played through a shoulder injury in the Steelers' 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the divisional playoffs, and it doesn't sound like the injury will require surgery this offseason.
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Roethlisberger Comments on Recovery
Tuesday, Jan. 19
“From what I’ve been told by Doc [James] Bradley, no surgery,” Roethlisberger said on his weekly segment on 93.7 The Fan, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee possibly down the road is cleaning out the arthritis and scars. I don’t foresee any surgeries anytime soon.”
Roethlisberger suffered the right shoulder injury in the Steelers' Wild Card Round win over the Cincinnati Bengals when he was sacked by Vontaze Burfict.
To his credit, Roethlisberger proved he can play through pain when he came back for Pittsburgh’s final drive against the Bengals and led his team down the field for the game-winning field goal, then played against the Broncos in the divisional round.
When healthy, Big Ben is among the league’s best signal-callers. He threw for at least 3,000 yards in each of the last 10 campaigns and spearheads one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL alongside receivers Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. Despite the injuries, Roethlisberger posted 3,983 passing yards and 21 touchdowns this season, having so many weapons.
Roethlisberger's injury doesn't sound like something that will impact the 2016 season, especially if he's ultimately able to avoid surgery.
If he returns to full health for next season, look for the Steelers to make another run at the playoffs.