It's one thing to get worked up about Ben Roethlisberger no longer throwing during walk-throughs - it's part of getting old, big deal, non issue. But it's completely acceptable if you threw up in your mouth a little bit when Ben admitted that he had a little tear in the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder yesterday...even if he did say he was fine.
Word is Ben got hurt in the second Baltimore game last year but yesterday was the first time he spoke publicly about his shoulder. He played 6 of the final 7 games and he averaged an 89.6 QB rating over that span (only 2.5 points below his career average). Everyone knew about the bangs he was taking throughout the year and the nasty ankle sprain against Cleveland, but if his arm was hurting, it didn't show.
But if the tear happened last November, it hasn't gotten any better, and it hasn't healed in the offseason if it's still torn - even if it is just a "little" tear. Still, like Mike Tomlin said yesterday, Ben hasn't been limited in his throws and there's nothing to worry about...yet. With Ben's style of play, one wrong slam by Haloti Ngata or one awkward landing and this could turn into bad news bears for the Steelers.
But wait, there's more...