Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says his injured shoulder he hurt last season is fine and shouldn't give him any issues this year. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is known as a tough competitor and won't give the slightest hint that he is injured.
He told reporters earlier this year that he injured his throwing shoulder at some point last season. He waited until today to tell the press the extent of that injury saying he tore his rotator cuff in a November game against the Baltimore Ravens, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"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. 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."
Injured shoulder on not, Roethlisberger still threw for 4,077 yards and 21 touchdowns last season and insists he is feeling fine these days.
"I'm good. It's OK, just sore," he said when asked about the shoulder 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, according to Doc."