Ben Roethlisberger strongly denied a national report that said he played Sunday with cracked ribs, an injury sustained the previous week in Oakland.
Roethlisberger injured his ribs and missed most of the second half against the Raiders, but he started and played the entire game Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 17-10 victory against the New England Patriots.
On his weekly 93.7-FM radio segment, Roethlisberger shot down the suggestion that his ribs were cracked, and he refused to mention the name of the NFL Network reporter responsible for the claim.
“I have no idea where that came from,” Roethlisberger said. “My wife texted me before the game and said, ‘Did you hear about this?’ I’m in the locker room. I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not going to give him any credence on this show.”
Roethlisberger credited the team doctors and trainers for getting him prepared to play against the Patriots, saying the staff used “heat pack, gels, things to put on” to protect his injured ribs.