Ben Roethlisberger Aiming For Full Clearance By Summer

On the road back to becoming the Steelers’ starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger cleared key hurdles this week. After a positive medical checkup, the future Hall of Famer resumed throwing.

But the 17th-year veteran remains a long way away from working out with his teammates in a full capacity. Roethlisberger said it will be around 2 1/2 to three months before he expects to be full go, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on Twitter). Roethlisberger underwent elbow surgery in September.

The soon-to-be 38-year-old quarterback said his checkup went smooth enough he was given the go-ahead to skip the tennis ball-throwing stage of this rehab and go straight to footballs, and he has multiple additional throwing sessions coming up in California (Twitter link via Cook). However, it is unlikely he will be a full participant in any Steeler OTA session. Although Pittsburgh’s June minicamp is beyond the three-month window, that might be a stretch as well.

Both Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin are confident Big Ben will make a full recovery and be ready to resume his role as the Steelers’ starter. Years ago, Roethlisberger hinted at retiring by this age. But he since changed course. The Steelers gave Roethlisberger a new contract last year; the two-year, $68MM extension runs through 2021. Of the class of 2004 quarterbacks, he will soon be the last one standing on his original team. Eli Manning retired, and the Chargers will not re-sign Philip Rivers. Big Ben is the second-longest-tenured quarterback in the league, and if Tom Brady surprises most and leaves the Patriots, he will ascend to the top spot.

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8 comments on “Ben Roethlisberger Aiming For Full Clearance By Summer

  1. shawn hemp

    He doesn’t need full clearance when he’s trying to bang a chick at the bar.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Yeah, its rather strange that they are double dipping on Ben like this and not reporting on what a nifty passer his protege Landry Jones has become.
      link to youtube.com

      • louwhitakerisahofer

        Probably because he wasn’t much better than Mason Rudolph when called upon in the Burgh? He is a career backup in the NFL OR a stud in the XFL.

        • mgrap84

          Yea Jones really hasn’t even been that great in the XFL. Last game 2 ints and a fumble lost. Maybe as the season goes on he will get better but im not seeing it right now. Steelers definitely have struggled to find a good back up

          • crosseyedlemon

            Steelers should bring Tom Savage in for a workout. He’s a Quaker State native and played some college ball for Pitt.

  2. Banesays

    Please for the love of god ban Hemp. So sick and tired of him talking out his rear and uneducated on here.

  3. mgrap84

    As a Ravens fan i hope he does come back 100% because without him the games against them just aren’t as good.

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