Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) lays on the ground after being injured against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had recent minor surgery on his right knee, and will be out until the start of training camp next month. His surgery was a scope to clean out some cartilage, and it’s unlikely he even misses a preseason game. Here is the full statement from head coach Mike Tomlin:
"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."
Big Ben has been banged-up for much of his 9-year NFL career, and since 2004 Roethlisberger has been sacked a league-high 344 times. He’s missed a combined 8 starts over the past three seasons, and his 9-year career, has played in all 16 games just once.