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Steelers QB Roethlisberger says he won't need shoulder surgery

Chris Adamski
| Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reacts after being sacked the next series after the Broncos scored the winning touchdown during their AFC divisional playoff game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reacts after being sacked the next series after the Broncos scored the winning touchdown during their AFC divisional playoff game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said his injured right shoulder will not require surgery as he heads into the offseason.

Speaking Tuesday on his weekly radio show on KDKA-FM, Roethlisberger said the shoulder has been “sore” in the two days following the AFC divisional round loss at Denver. The Pro Bowl quarterback said he suffered a sprained AC joint (separated shoulder) the week before in a wild-card victory at Cincinnati.

“I guess the ligaments will, you know, scar up and heal on their own,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, we'll be dealing with a little bit of pain and some limited movement here for a little bit. But, supposedly, it will heal on its own.”

Roethlisberger did not appear hindered in Denver, completing 24 of 37 attempts for 339 yards.

Roethlisberger sat out four fourth-quarter series against the Cincinnati Bengals after being sacked by Vontaze Burfict on the final play of the third quarter, but he came back to lead the winning drive in the final two minutes.

Roethlisberger played without apparent incident Sunday in Denver.

“The only thing (doctors) told me that possibly could need surgery is, down the road, sometime going in and just kind of cleaning out the arthritis and where that scarring is and things like that,” Roethlisberger said, “so I don't foresee any surgeries or anything on the shoulder anytime soon.”

The shoulder was the fourth injury for Roethlisberger this season, causing him to miss at least part of a game. He also missed 4 12 games with a left knee injury suffered Sept. 27, parts of two games because of a left-foot injury suffered Nov. 8 and left a loss at Seattle on Nov. 29 early because of concussion symptoms.

Roethlisberger called Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib's accusation that he faked the shoulder injury, “Unbelievable.” Talib told after Sunday's game that Roethlisberger was “healthy as hell. He didn't fool anybody.”

“It makes no sense,” Roethlisberger said, “but it is what it is.”

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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