ProFootballTalk got the ball rolling this morning on a rumor about Ben Roethlisberger getting a furtive X-Ray on his ribs yesterday. When asked by Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports, Roethlisberger issued a fishy sounding non-denial about it.
My guess is that it's likely a precautionary thing. If any play caused a problem with his ribs, it was the latest of the cheap shots the Ravens have taken on Ben well after he's released the ball. This one happened in the first quarter of the AFC Title Game. Of course, all the talk afterward was about Willis McGahee and Ryan Clark and not this. Typical. Remember not long after this hit, Ben was shown getting checked by two assistants in the tunnel and Byron Leftwich briefly started warming up.
But Ben played the remainder of the game not showing any signs of being pained (at least to the TV audience) and hasn't missed any practice time or shown up on injury reports, so even if the report is true, I doubt it's likely to lead to him missing any snaps in the Super Bowl.