Steelers Believe Ben Roethlisberger Will Make Full Recovery

The Steelers believe quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will make a full recovery from his elbow surgery, ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen (on Twitter) hears. Big Ben went under the knife on Sept. 23 to reattach three tendons in his right arm, but team doctors seem to think that he’ll be good to go in 2020.

Although the veteran has not been cleared to resume throwing, Roethlisberger is trending in that direction. The Steelers, meanwhile, are keeping their fingers crossed, since Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges haven’t been consistent in his stead.

Roethlisberger, 38 in March, recently inked a lucrative contract extension that will should him under club control through 2021. At the time, GM Kevin Colbert said that the contract would likely be Big Ben’s last.

“What [Roethlisberger] wants is more Super Bowls. And he wants to continue to try to win, and we’re gonna support that,” Colbert said. And that was a big part of why we were willing to do what we did, and now it’s our job to help him help us get there.”

Big Ben has earned six Pro Bowl nods in his 16-year career. Without him for most of the season, the Steelers have still managed an 8-7 record, setting them up for a do-or-die Week 17 game against the Ravens. A Steelers win coupled with a Titans loss to the Texans would give them a Wild Card berth and a shot at another ring.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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14 comments on “Steelers Believe Ben Roethlisberger Will Make Full Recovery

  1. cubsfanbudman1908

    Shot at a ring? This guy Zach Links clearly hasn’t watched a single Steelers game this year. (And I am a Steelers fan).

  2. ChiSox_Fan

    That’s nice but he already ruined my 2019 Fantasy FB team.

    Cam Newton, too!!

  3. captainchaos55

    Bens best days are far gone. I don’t like Ben, never have but I respect his legacy and what he’s done on the football field. Of course I am a Bengals fan ( I know, poor me). If Ben was healthy this year then Pitt would be in much better shape right now. I don’t think they would have beat out Baltimore but it would have been closer. I think his next Super Bowl May be with a head set on.

  4. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    If the Steelers even make the playoffs, their best shot at a ring this season would be if all eleven of the other teams decided to forfeit.

    • graysondecker

      They don’t need anybody to forfeit. They just need to get their game together and stay healthy. The Steelers, with Rudolph and Hodges at QB, lost by 4 points to the 49ers, lost by 2 points to the Seahawks, lost to the Ravens in overtime (and would have won if not for a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble), and lost to the Bills by 6. They can hang with playoff teams. They just need better QB play in the clutch.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      The Steelers are a pile of gimpy garbage right this minute, but…

      For the record, ANY team’s “best shot at a ring” would be every other team forfeiting.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        There is that. I likely should have said “their only chance.”

        • forwhomjoshbelltolls

          Accurate.

          No way the NFL wants them to qualify. What a dud playoff game that would be.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    I don’t think the Ravens or Texans will want to be accused of any collusion so they will win their final game. That leaves the playoff door open for the Raiders but of course they will find a way to lose to the Broncos allowing the Steelers to back into the 6 seed spot.

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