PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he is sore, but nothing more, after playing on Monday night through a right shoulder injury.
“It’s football, we’re all banged up,” Roethlisberger said.
In fact, Roethlisberger said he’s been playing through the injury for some time. The Steelers first added the right shoulder issue to the team’s injury report late last week, but Roethlisberger said it happened earlier in the season.
“It happened like [against] Oakland or Cincinnati or something, we just don’t tell you all everything,” Roethlisberger said.
Teams are not required to list injuries on their practice injury reports unless they cause the player to miss some of his usual practice reps. Roethlisberger typically does not practice on Wednesdays, but has been a regular participant on the team’s second and third practice sessions of each week.
Roethlisberger has taken a beating this season. He’s been listed with three separate injuries. He’s been sacked 18 times in eight games, which puts him on pace for 38 this season, which would be the most since 2013. He was sacked four times against the Bears and hit another five times.
“Every one of the hits I get makes me feel that way on [the next day] when I get up,” Roethlisberger said. “At the end of the day, you get up because you love the game, you love your teammates, you love the fans and you want to keep doing it.”