The Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason officially began when they were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday by the Denver Broncos.
Their first major issue to address was that of their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his shoulder injury. There was worry that he wouldn't have been able to play in Sunday's game, but he was, and now, even more good news has followed.
The Steelers quarterback announced on 93.7 The Fan, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that his shoulder injury will not require any surgery, and that simply resting is the best cause of action.
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He said: “From what I’ve been told by [Dr. James] Bradley, no surgery. The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee possibly down the road is cleaning out the arthritis and scars. I don’t foresee any surgeries anytime soon.”
So how was Roethlisberger able to get through last Sunday's game? He took painkillers. He said: "The shot was probably as painful as my shoulder was during the game. It was the first time I took a shot in the shoulder. I don't think there was any way I could have gotten through the game without it."
He didn't do that bad considering he had to have painkillers in order to play. The Steelers quarterback threw for 339 yards without his top wide receiver Antonio Brown to catch the ball, and his top running back Le'Veon Bell to carry the ball.
Just imagine how Big Ben could have played against the Broncos last weekend if he was fully fit and did have all of his offensive weapons. They put up a fair fight at Mile High despite their player setbacks and this has to put them in high regard as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl in the 2016 season.