Ben Roethlisberger revealed Wednesday that he has a “little torn rotator cuff,” a scary-sounding injury that, typically, he just shrugged off.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, who played the last part of the 2011 season hobbling on a bum ankle, isn’t concerned about his shoulder. For the record, he initially hurt it Nov. 6 in a game against the Ravens and spoke about it in the spring. On Wednesday, he called it a tear for the first time.
“I'm good. It's okay, just sore,” he said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette). “I have a little torn rotator cuff. That doesn't heal. We just have to hope it doesn't tear the rest of the way, according to Doc.”
He laughed when he said that last line and reminded everyone that, because he is 30 now, he is throwing less and enjoying it more.
“It's part of getting older, too,. If you watch walk-throughs, I used to throw all the time. Now it's just backing off. Now I don't ever throw during walk-throughs,” Roethlisberger said. “It's less throwing; I think that's smart anyway. As you get older, you just need to take care of yourself whether you're hurt or not.”
Roethlisberger is adapting to a new offense and new coordinator in Todd Haley and isn’t concerned that his shoulder will fail to hold up to the wear and tear of a season.
“It actually feels great,” Roethlisberger said. “I don't have any pains anymore. Let's just hope it doesn't get any worse.”