Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed day nine of organized team activities on Wednesday to get a minor procedure done on his right knee. The Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin just released a statement about the team’s starting quarterback:
“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.”
The news broke around 12:00 ET today when Mark Kaboly of Trib Total Media reported via Twitter that Roethlisberger was not at practice today. Then Burt Laute, the Steelers Public Relations man tweeted Tomlin’s statement. Roethlisberger will not be in practice tomorrow either or mandatory minicamp June 11-13, but will be back for training camp in late July.
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I have some more news regarding the Ben Roethlisberger surgery. Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery to clean up meniscus damage in his right knee.The time for this surgery to heal is generally around 4-6 weeks. Goal for the Steelers is to have Roethlisberger ready for camp.
Seven years ago, Roethlisberger had the same surgery done on his right knee for the first time in 2005 for a torn meniscus in his right knee.