Thursday, January 14, 2016

Broncos planning for Roethlisberger and Brown to play

Ben Roethlisberger expected to play Sunday at Denver.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Big Ben can talk.

The Broncos aren't buying anything Ben Roethlisberger says about possibly missing an AFC divisional-round playoff game Sunday.

So don't even get Denver's players started on Antonio Brown's status.

“Nah, they'll be there,” cornerback Aqib Talib said Wednesday afternoon. “They'll be there. We know that.

“Ben can say whatever he wants. He has torn bursa sacs, and he'll be there. We know you'll (be) there, Ben.”

Talib was not alone among Broncos who acknowledged preparations account for a Steelers' offense led by Roethlisberger and Brown. Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams said Roethlisberger would “be at his best, I can promise you that.”

This is not a case of the Broncos doubting Roethlisberger's injured right shoulder or Brown's concussion symptoms. Most Denver players spoke respectfully of the Steelers' quarterback and leading wide receiver.

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