In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wednesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger revealed that he has been playing through pain, as he has a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder.
The Post-Gazette notes that Roethlisberger originally sustained the injury during the Steelers’ Nov. 6 loss to Baltimore this past season and mentioned it in the spring, but Wednesday was the first time he’s publicly called it a rotator cuff tear.
“I’m good. It’s OK, just sore,” he said when asked about the injury. “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,” he said, laughing.
Despite the pain, the 30-year-old QB said the injury isn’t causing any setbacks for him or the offense during training camp. He did admit, however, that he has been limiting his throwing in practice as a precautionary measure.
“If you watch walk-throughs, I used to throw all the time,” he said. “Now it’s just backing off. Now I don’t ever throw during walk-throughs. 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.”
In the 2011-2012 regular season, Big Ben threw for 4,077 yards and 21 touchdowns with a passer rating of 92.1.
Ben Roethlisberger talks about his shoulder injury and the effect it has had on his throwing game in the video below (via YouTube user Mark Kaboly:
ESPN’s Stephania Bell breaks down Ben Roethlisberger’s small rotator-cuff tear: