Roethlisberger suffered the injury in the previous week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a shot from Vontaze Burfict, and nobody really knew how he’d be able to perform against the Broncos.
That was the public narrative anyway. As it turns out, the Broncos defense wasn’t believing any of it.
Yep, Talib has seen this game before and believes Roethlisberger was faking the severity of his shoulder injury leading into a playoff game in which he completed 24 of 37 passes for 339 yards with Antonio Brown, arguably the best receiver in the world, out due to a concussion.
To be sure, Talib doesn’t think there’s anything nefarious at play or that Big Ben was trying to concoct a conspiracy to catch Denver off guard. This is more about gamesmanship, and Talib was letting everyone know he wasn’t falling for it. He does, after all, have enough respect for Roethlisberger to at least put him in the same breath as Tom Brady.
I asked Aqib Talib who's tougher to face in the postseason, Ben or Brady. Said both are great, "But nobody is above Tom. Nobody."