The Steelers barely made it through Cincinnati after the Bengals decided to beat themselves. They'll travel to Denver with a broken quarterback.
An MRI confirmed that Ben Roethlisberger separated his shoulder thanks to that bad hit from Vontaze Burfict. He came back late in the fourth quarter, but it doesn't change the fact that the Steelers need him next Sunday. Separating your shoulder on your throwing arm isn't great—it's actually a terrible situation—but Roethlisberger will still try to play, according to Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver.
Ben Roethlisberger has a separated right shoulder. MRI today. Depending on extent of damage will try to play Sunday vs. Broncos. @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 10, 2016
Cool, but the best case scenario sees the Steelers going against the league's No. 1 pass defense with a quarterback who won't be at 100 percent. Again, it's not ideal.
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[via Michael Silver]