Despite suffering a partially separated throwing shoulder in the Pittsburgh Steelers win against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Ben Roethlisberger decided to start his team's AFC Divisional matchup against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Most words used to describe Big Ben's decision were some combination of "tough," "gritty" and "won't quit." But Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib had another word in mind: "fake."
Aqib Talib: Ben was healthy as hell. He didn’t fool anybody— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) January 18, 2016
Aqib Talib just said Roethlisberger was faking the arm injury. Can't make this stuff up.— Adam Crowley (@adamcrowleySNR) January 18, 2016
Even after defeating the Steelers 20-13 to move on to the AFC Championship, Talib felt the need to let the media know he though Roethlisberger was faking his shoulder injury, a fairly outrageous claim that can go right up there with Adam "Pacman" Jones' belief that Antonio Brown was faking his concussion.
If you've seen Vontaze Burfict's slamming of Roethlisberger's shoulder into the ground last week, which caused Roethlisberger to briefly leave the game, then you know that there's no chance one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game was faking it. More so, what would be the point of leaking an injury all week if he just planned on starting anyway? You think the Broncos spent any time game planning for Landry Jones this week? Just another bizarre claim from another defender with a history of doing bizarre things.
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