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Ben Roethlisberger shoots down report that he played with cracked ribs

Oct 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to the officials for a call in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field. The Jaguars won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The notion that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played in Week 15’s game with a cracked rib is false — at least according to Roethlisberger.

On his radio show on 93.7-FM in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger shot down the report that his ribs were cracked during the game.

“I have no idea where that came from,” Roethlisberger said, H/T, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “My wife texted me before the game and said, ‘Did you hear about this?’ I’m in the locker room. I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not going to give him any credence on this show.”

Roethlisberger’s ribs were injured during Pittsburgh’s Week 14 loss to the Oakland Raiders. He quickly made it known that he expected to play against the New England Patriots in Week 15.

Roethlisberger did play against the Pats in Week 15 with mixed results. He was 22-for-34 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Steelers did win, providing a huge jolt to their playoff chances.

Roethlisberger did acknowledge that he’s playing in pain, but said “We’re all dealing with a lot of pain this time of the year.” He added “At the end of the day, you trust in the doctors and what they tell you to do.”