Broncos' Aqib Talib: Big Ben was healthy as hell, didn't fool anybody

Despite suffering a serious shoulder injury a week ago, Ben Roethlisberger still managed to put the Steelers in a position to win Sunday's playoff game against the Broncos. The Steelers ultimately came up a touchdown short, but their injured quarterback played admirably given the circumstances, completing 24 of 37 passes for 339 yards -- all without Antonio Brown.

In fact, Roethlisberger played so well that at least one Broncos defender isn't buying his injury.

You know that sprained AC joint and those torn ligaments in Roethlisberger's shoulder? Yeah, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has zero sympathy for those injuries, mainly because he doesn't seem to believe they exist.

I am not a doctor -- neither is Talib -- so I won't pretend to know the full extent of Roethlisberger's injuries. With that being said, he certainly looked injured a week ago, when he couldn't push the ball downfield on the Steelers' game-winning drive against the Bengals. In the lead up to Sunday's game, Roethlisberger didn't even resume throwing until Friday, which seems to lend credibility to the injury.

Still, Talib doesn't seem to be alone in his belief. Before the game, Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith compared Roethlisberger's injury to a "Jedi mind trick" while NFL Network analyst and former Ravens coach Brian Billick called Big Ben "a drama queen."

Aqib Talib isn't buying Big Ben's injury. (USATSI)
CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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