Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Smart to Have Surgery Early in Offseason

By Clyde A. Speller
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Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had to deal with the lingering injury of linebacker James Harrison. The decision to have late offseason surgery is one of the main reasons why Harrison was sidelined throughout training camp, the preseason and the beginning of the 2012 regular season.

Well, now it seems as if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is doing the opposite of what Harrison did last year. It has just been reported that Roethlisberger underwent minor surgery on his right knee this morning. An arthroscopic procedure cleared out damaged cartilage in Big Ben’s right knee.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said that the surgery was “a result of slight discomfort this offseason.” Tomlin added that the procedure would have “no long-term effects on his health.”

Being the face of the franchise and the team’s most valuable player, Roethlisberger needs to do everything he can possibly do to make sure that he is totally healthy for the 2013 season. Before injuring his ribs last year, Big Ben had the Steelers on the road to being the champions of the AFC North.

Once he was sidelined, Pittsburgh began to tailspin. Furthermore, when Roethlisberger returned, he was still feeling the effects of his injury and wasn’t able to perform at an MVP level.

With the start of training camp more than a month away, Big Ben should definitely be more than ready to begin his 10th season in the NFL. In addition, having this procedure at this point in time during the offseason only improves the chances of Roethlisberger staying healthy, as well as the chances of the Steelers returning to dominance.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+

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