Mike Tomlin said he was never close to pulling Byron Leftwich due to injury on Sunday night.
And Leftwich wouldn't acknowledge any serious injury afterward.
But beyond all the discomfort Leftwich was clearly in throughout the game against the Ravens there's the physical evidence that screams something was wrong.
On the Steelers' last third down of the game Leftwich got a running start into a deep ball intended for David Gilreath. The pass covered 50 yards before landing short of its target.
On the final day of minicamp in mid-June Leftwich won a "throw off" with then-Steelers quarterback Troy Smith by throwing a football 71 yards in the air.
That he couldn't do it again seemingly betrays his physical condition at the time.
All that's missing now is official confirmation from the Steelers.