A week after having minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appears to be on the quick road to recovery. What caused a bit of a stir in Steeler Nation last week all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be a big deal.
Roethlisberger told the media that he’s ready to get started with the season. “It feels great,” said Big Ben. “I’ve been off crutches for a couple days now and moving around pretty good. I think I could play Sunday if I had to.”
Roethlisberger’s optimism is definitely a good sign for the organization and the Steel City. However, the fact that the 10-year veteran confessed of having problems with his right knee last season should raise some concern.
“It had been bothering me a little bit last year and we just decided now is the time to take care of it.”
In Big Ben’s career, he’s only had two seasons when injury didn’t sideline him (2004 and 2008). Since 2009, Roethlisberger has missed 11 regular-season games due to injury. Some say that his physical style of play is to blame; others say that the offensive line is the reason for Big Ben’s rash of injuries. Personally, I believe that both are reasons for Roethlisberger being sidelined year after year.
It’s great that Big Ben decided to have the surgical procedure done before the Steelers report to training camp on July 26. It gives him plenty of time to get himself to 100 percent.
If there are a couple of things to worry about, however, it would be the two things that I mentioned earlier: Roethlisberger’s style of play and the offensive line.
Big Ben is hands down one of the toughest quarterbacks in the NFL and one of the biggest. At 6-foot-5, 241 pounds, Roethlisberger can dish out hits when scrambling outside the pocket when a play breaks down. However, at age 31, Big Ben should realize that he isn’t as young as he used to be and alter his game just enough to keep from adding another injury to his already-banged-up body.
As for the offensive line, on paper, this looks to be a very young, solid group. Their ability to protect the face of the franchise could determine not only the health of Roethlisberger but also the success of the team as a whole.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+