Aqib Talib claimed that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was faking a shoulder injury during Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game.
Even though the Broncos won that game 23-16, Talib took a parting shot at Roethlisberger, who missed most of the fourth quarter in Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game with a shoulder injury after he was sacked by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
He entered the week as questionable to play after suffering a sprained AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder. He only practiced once before Sunday’s game against Denver.
“Ben was healthy as hell. He didn’t fool anybody,” said Talib, who broke up a critical pass in the third quarter at the goal line to force the Steelers to kick a field goal.
His comments were tweeted out by NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal.
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
It was the second straight week that a Steelers player was accused of faking an injury. Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones accused Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, who didn’t play in Sunday’s contest against Denver, of faking a concussion–even though Brown appeared to lose consciousness in midair when he was hit by Burfict during the Wild Card game.
The Broncos will go on to face the Patriots in Denver next week.
Talib was asked about facing Roethlisberger or Brady in the postseason. He praised both men, “But nobody is above Tom. Nobody,” according to reporter James Palmer.