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Ben Roethlisberger has a “little torn rotator cuff”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s ankle injury was common knowledge at the end of last season, but his shoulder never showed up on any injury reports.

It probably should have since Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he’s been dealing with a tear in his right rotator cuff since last November. Roethlisberger downplayed the seriousness of the injury when asked about how his arm is feeling after a few days of training camp.

“I’m good. It’s OK, just sore. 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,” Roethlisberger said. “It actually feels great. I don’t have any pains anymore. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get any worse.”

There’s not really much to add to what Roethlisberger said. If the injury doesn’t get worse, Roethlisberger should be fine. Any problems he had near the end of last season had to do with a lack of mobility because of the ankle and not his ability to throw the balls where he needed to throw them. A complete tear of the rotator cuff, on the other hand, would obviously put the Steelers in a tough spot this season.

If Roethlisberger’s arm does continue to hold up, he’d like to use it to throw passes to Mike Wallace. Roethlisberger told Bouchette that he’s spoken to Wallace and that he thinks it shouldn’t be too much longer until he’s able to have a conversation with him in person instead of over the phone.

“I don’t know what’s going on with his agent or what they’re telling each other, but he wants to be here,” Roethlisberger said. “I believe he will be here and I think he’ll be here soon.”

Once Wallace arrives, he’ll have to start learning Todd Haley’s offense. Roethlisberger said he’s still getting the hang of it, a transition that would surely be easier if the team had all of their offensive weapons on the field.

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42 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger has a “little torn rotator cuff””
  1. redskinpotatoes says: Aug 1, 2012 4:23 PM

    That’s the best news for Steelers fans. He plays so much better while injured.

  2. redguy12588 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:24 PM

    This is comforting.

  3. irodex says: Aug 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    Cry cry cry. Ben started early this year.

  4. t8ertot says: Aug 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    Ben has always played through injuries. In fact, I’d say he plays better with them. But a rotator cuff? His arm has carried this team before. His scrambling ability will do no good if he can’t throw to anyone

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 1, 2012 4:28 PM

    Maybe this year he won’t stand in the pocket for 23 seconds and avoid some hits.

  6. ravensallday2012 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    I guess this is his way to open up and have excuses for how bad offensively they will be this year

  7. jtchernak says: Aug 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    Now teams will be gunning for that arm shouldn’t have said that

  8. pwndabeer says: Aug 1, 2012 4:34 PM

    thats not the only little thing ben has

  9. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 1, 2012 4:35 PM

    Didn’t eli manning have a similar injury for a month and went 4-0 or 3-1

  10. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 1, 2012 4:41 PM

    Rehabbing a double tear of the rotator cuff right now and my PT told me he had a professor who said when they autopsy males 80% of the bodies have largely undetected rotator cuff tears.

    It’s when they fully tear that you can’t even put on a turtleneck….trust me, the therapy is more painful than the surgery.

    I was up at Latrobe last week and it’s clear they’ll be throwing to backs in 2012. Chris Rainey was drafted for that purpose and he reminds me of the trouble teams finding Ray Rice in the trenches. Little man has some moves.

  11. buckfigben says: Aug 1, 2012 4:44 PM

    Now he can wince and act like a hero every time he throws a pass.

  12. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 1, 2012 4:52 PM

    Sorry forgot to say eli manning suffered the injury in 2007 went 3-1 and started his march at his first super bowl title and mvp. Seems Ben is always injured with something it seems, but I think he just is brused and crys about it saying it was a serious injury. That’s why he never goes to the trainer about it, just to the media

  13. yeeeeeep says: Aug 1, 2012 4:53 PM

    queue the “he’s a warrior”, “How does he play with that?” What a bunch of BS. Is he ever really even hurt?

  14. gpclaw says: Aug 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    Doesn’t heal? If this happened in November, you would think a little off-season surgery would have taken care of the problem.

  15. randyschwimmer7 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:58 PM

    O Lord, let the Steeler fans start whining again why they lost the Playoff game to Demaryius Thomas.

  16. firesnyder says: Aug 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    Man, this guy has got to have one of the lowest IQs in the league. Why would you divulge that information? He just painted a cross-hair on his shoulder/arm.

  17. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 1, 2012 5:01 PM

    Not even preseason and the Steelers have laid it on thick with the excuses to fall back on SHOULD they fail.

    1. A new offensive coordinator.
    2. Mike Wallace holding out.
    3. Big Ben playing hurt (change the record).

    Can’t wait to hear the announcers commenting on
    how “the loss of Hines Wards’ leadership has really impacted this team.”

  18. hedleykow says: Aug 1, 2012 5:03 PM

    The name Todd Haley makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Glad he is gone from KC.

  19. purpleattack says: Aug 1, 2012 5:31 PM

    Here we go again. I can just hear Cris Collinsworth tell us all about it in prime time. Drama Queen to the max.

  20. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    Roethlisberger manufactures more injuries than wins.

  21. randallflagg52 says: Aug 1, 2012 5:38 PM

    Courtney Upshaw and Pernell McPhee will no doubt be targeting that shoulder. Almost feel sorry for the guy.

    Not that it matters because the Steelers don’t even need Ben to play to win games. Yet somehow Steelers fans give him all the credit when they win. That credit should go to the defense.

  22. rocketcrab says: Aug 1, 2012 5:52 PM

    Oh Lord, here we go again. It’s always something with this guy. DQ.

  23. Patriot42 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:00 PM

    Ben’s tear is one thing but adding Haley to the mix compounds it to such a level that it could be fatal.

  24. ademell1 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:16 PM

    Looks like Haley’s letting his Qb know who’s boss.

  25. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:17 PM

    randallflagg52: Only the casual party-like-rockstars-during-games fan gives Roethlisberger all the credit for wins. Those people merely are following the lead of the Pittsburgh sports media.
    P-G columnist Ron Cook once wrote that Roethlisberger is better than Bradshaw. He actually predicted that the Steelers would beat the Packers in SB 45 for one reason and one reason only: Roethlisberger.
    Cook also wrote that before Roethlisberger is finished, he’ll have played in more Super Bowls and win more rings than any QB in history.
    These is the nonsense that’s being fed to the sheep on a daily basis.
    The Steelers are 4-1 the past two seasons when Roethlisberger hasn’t played. Go figure.

  26. schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    Having Haley as OC could prove to be as painful as any physical injury

  27. stoogy says: Aug 1, 2012 6:43 PM

    Is this guy for real.. I mean i guess he is going to be grimising for the camara this year again after ever bad throw. Like seriously common is he being serious right not. He got hurt in the baltimor game they lost and played the rest of the season…. other then the rams game when he hurt his ankle BAADD. He has to be the toughest player in the NFL.. seriously common he has an injury? He is just sooo tough… is he even really hurt? This guy must be manufactored out of pittsburgh steel if he is going to play this year after this horrible injury.. Just so Damn tough!

  28. arrogantathlete says: Aug 1, 2012 6:52 PM

    is that what they are calling little ben now

  29. mjkelly77 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    Ben has always played through injuries. However, they’ve all been imaginary. I’ve never seen a bigger crybaby.

  30. rmc1995 says: Aug 1, 2012 7:48 PM

    How come the injury wasn’t reported on the injury report? Shouldn’t the league be investigating this blatent disregard for the rules? Or is Roethlisberger just full of it?

  31. hedleykow says: Aug 1, 2012 7:57 PM

    Ben’s rotator cuff injury is probably no worse than the rotator cuff injuries a lot of us have from twisting off beer bottle caps. You don’t see us whining like little girls. We still strap it on every Sunday (and call in absent Monday).

  32. afreak2u says: Aug 1, 2012 8:00 PM

    Ok first of all IMO no player should make an injury fake or not public ex specially Ben bc so many steeled haters will just thrive on.

  33. antibenapalooza says: Aug 1, 2012 8:05 PM

    Okay, Steelers, he is damaged goods now, no more excuses about getting rid of him!

  34. backindasaddle says: Aug 1, 2012 8:12 PM

    All of the sudden Ben has a “little” torn rotator cuff??? Funny how just a “little” torn rotator cuff now makes me have “huge” concerns about him making it through the season. I further believe those concerns are fully valid and fully justified. Funny how that works since this torn rotator cuff thing is so “little”.

  35. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Aug 1, 2012 8:39 PM

    That is totally messed up. He should have come out in the open with the injury when it happened so that whoever was responsible for the hit could pick up their extra money.

    The nerve of some people.

  36. enoughofthatalready says: Aug 1, 2012 9:41 PM

    I always love how people get it wrong about BR and his injuries all the time. This guy is the toughest QB in the NFL. Sure, he plays up a lot of minor injuries but the guy also plays through injuries that others would not. Are Ravens fans saying that BR was being a drama queen after Ngata punched him in the nose 2 years ago? Or what about BR having his leg bent over the wrong way last year? Was BR being a drama queen there too? I want to see Ngata punch you in the nose and then have a 300lb lineman bend your ankle the wrong way. Lets us see how you walk the few minutes afterwards, nevermind continuing to play football.

  37. hammertoe11 says: Aug 2, 2012 12:02 AM

    WOW i thought no one can out do Favre. But Ben has now. If that happen at the end of the season last year. It would shown up sooner. Ben did something to it over the off season. Something like that shows up sooner then later folks. it happen to my ex. So he is lying about getting hurt end of last season.

  38. eleventyeight says: Aug 2, 2012 12:12 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with Ben. He just likes to make the media look stupid as much as possible. He owes them. All of them.

    Just my opinion, of course.

  39. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 2, 2012 8:45 AM

    Look it is simple… reporters ask Ben how he is, and he tells them… next week it will be a collapsed lung, following that an ingrown toenail, pinkeye, and crotch rot….

    Just win!

  40. eggersthejerk says: Aug 2, 2012 9:36 AM

    I’m sure all Steeler fans are holding their breath.

    Now they know how uncomfortable the rest of us feel. We are all constantly holding our breath whenever any Steeler fan comes around.

    It’s either do that or start striking a lot of matches and blowing them out quick…

  41. bubbybrister2 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    I’m a Steeler fan for life. Ben is a very tough qb. The hit from Ngata and how he got back in there and saved the game immediately comes to mind.

    But he’s got to keep his mouth shut when it comes to injuries. It’s information that is better his trainer and coaches, not in the minds of his competitors.

    I am sure he has a small tear in the cuff. I’m sure most qb’s his age does. Seems like every summer he divulges something he shouldn’t regarding an injury. I think part of it is “If I don’t perform up to the winning standard, they’ll remember my comment on the torn rotator cuff.” He plants these little seeds with the media to cover for himself, when he doesn’t need to.

    He’s an aging qb. Simple. We love you Ben. We can’t live without you. But you gotta keep your mouth shut, dude. You’ve got 2 Lombardi’s, that amazing rookie year, all sorts of Steeler qb records… You’ll always be a winner for us. Just shut up already and you’ll go down in Steeler lore as one of the true greats.

  42. sudz28 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    I don’t see how anyone can doubt that Ben’s injuries of the past were 100% real. Think about it:
    1) They have to play the Ravens at least twice a year, and nobody is walking away from those games without dings.
    2) Was the #3 most sacked QB in 2011, #11 most sacked in 2010, #1 most sacked in 2009, #2 in 2008, and #2 in 2007.

    Of *ALL* active Quarterbacks he is the most sacked QB in the league, period (314 since 2004). The guy gets knocked around like nobodies business, so I’m pretty sure his injuries are real. Still, he does himself no favors by insisting he play even though he’s clearly too injured to be effective so let’s hope Haley reins him in this year and sits his butt on the bench if he isn’t their best shot at winning.

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