Big Ben Roethlisberger is as tough as they come at quarterback. We've seen him manhandle 300-pound defensive linemen, stiff-arm some of the fiercest edge rushers in the NFL and find a way to make a play.
But with a compromised right shoulder, his throwing shoulder, the laws of physiology are against him. According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, Big Ben does indeed have a separated right shoulder.
Faced with the prospect of going against the Broncos' No. 1 defense -- a unit that also led the NFL with 52 sacks on the season, it doesn't look good for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh could also be without All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who's currently in concussion protocol. The Steelers played without running back DeAngelo Williams in Cincinnati, but all indications are that he should be good to go this week in Denver, according to my sources.
Whether the Broncos get Roethlisberger or Landry Jones at quarterback, they have to be the more physical team out on the grass and stay away from mindless personal foul penalties.
They have to be smart. And they have to execute. Most importantly, with all the drag routes and crossers the Steelers run, the Broncos' defense must be sound tacklers and run constant variations of zone and man coverage concepts.
Update: Ben Roethlisberger does not have a separated shoulder, but rather a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.
Update: Big Ben also has torn ligaments in his shoulder, according to NFL Network.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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