Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed part of the 2012 NFL regular season with injuries to his ribs and shoulder. This offseason, Big Ben is taking no chances with his long-term health and ability to stay on the field for a full 16-game season.
UPDATE: Friday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette reports the latest on Roethlisberger:
Mike Tomlin said Ben Roethlisberger experiencing "a little discomfort" in his knee, but says it's not a setback. Knee surgery in June.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) July 26, 2013
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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 12:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports the latest on Roethlisberger:
Roethlisberger underwent an arthroscopic procedure to clean up meniscus damage on June 5, maintaining all along that he'll be ready for the start of Steelers training camp later this month.
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On Wednesday, Roethlisberger underwent minor surgery to have some discomfort in his right knee taken care of, a move that is not expected to keep him off his feet when training camp begins later this summer.
The Steelers' official Twitter account had the post:
"Earlier today, Ben Roethlisberger had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason" Coach Tomlin— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 5, 2013
According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, the Steelers hope to have Roethlisberger ready for camp:
... The rehab timetable for this surgery is generally around 4-6 weeks. Goal for Steelers in doing it now was to have Ben ready for camp.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 5, 2013
More on Roethlisberger: Had arthroscopic surgery to clean up menisicus damage in his right knee. Had same surgery to left knee 7 years ago.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 5, 2013
Earlier today, Ben had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason. We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp. This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health.
Roethlisberger, now 31, has played all of his nine professional seasons with the Steelers after being drafted by the team with the 11th pick of the 2004 NFL draft.
He's put up remarkable numbers: 29,844 yards passing, 191 passing touchdowns, an 87-39 career record, two Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl victories. During his time in Pittsburgh, the franchise has missed the playoffs only three times.
Will the Steelers make it to the postseason in 2013?
One such time was last season, when the Steelers started rough and ended up losing Big Ben to injuries. Roethlisberger missed three games and Pittsburgh couldn't make up enough ground to catch AFC North playoff representatives Cincinnati and Baltimore.
With Todd Haley now in town to run Pittsburgh's offense, the focus for the Steelers will be to find a way to be more productive on that side of the ball. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reported in late May that Roethlisberger spoke highly of the new changes to the offensive attack, largely because he is involved more in the decision-making.
Although the right knee surgery is considered to be minor by many within the organization, nothing is ever minor when players head to the operating table. Hopefully, for Steelers fans, a quick and speedy recovery is in order for their franchise QB, as the team looks to get back to the postseason in 2013.