Yep, nothing to see here, Steelers fans. Just a little boo boo involving a group of muscles that stabilize the shoulder, and in Ben Roethlisberger’s case, his throwing shoulder.

Carry on.

This is an injury that when fully torn keeps major league pitchers out for entire seasons, and could alter a career. But Roethlisberger is talking about it like it’s a minor bout with influenza. He spoke to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier today, and although it’s been known for some time that Big Ben had a sore shoulder last year in addition to his bum ankle, he’s never discussed exactly what was bothering his shoulder.

From Bouchette:

“I’m good. It’s OK, just sore,” he said when asked about his arm injury. “I have a little torn rotator cuff. That doesn’t heal. We just have to hope it doesn’t tear the rest of the way, according to Doc,” he said, laughing.

Haha nice zinger, Ben. You’re a quarterback by day, and Carrot Top by night.

Any time I try to play amateur doctor, it usually ends in a bloody mess with limbs scattered everywhere. So I’m going to go ahead and assume that Roethlisberger’s nonchalance about such a serious-sounding injury suffered against the Ravens last November is justified, and he would have gone under the knife or had some kind of work done over the offseason if there was even minimal concern.

But still, Steelers fans are allowed to worry a little bit about their quarterback’s partially torn rotator cuff becoming a fully torn rotator cuff. The depth chart at QB in Pittsburgh still shows Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch beyond Roethlisberger, and therefore if a long-term replacement is ever needed, it also still shows sorrow.