It was just last week that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent what was described as a “minor” surgery on his right knee from Dr. James Bradley, and less than a week later we have already found out how minor the injury was. Roethlisberger sowed up for today at the Steelers minicamps without crutches and he said that he would be able to play on Sunday if there was a game.
“It feels great,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I saw Doc Bradley this morning. He was pleasantly surprised with the range of motion and where we’re at with the swelling. It feels great. 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.
“According to Doc, the surgery went really well, my knee is in great shape. They took care of the little problem. It had been bothering me a little bit last year and we just decided now is the time to take care of it.”
Of course, the Steelers still plan to be cautious and hold him out until training camp, which officially starts on July 26.
Roethlisberger has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, but he has assured his teammates and reporters that this is the best he has felt in a long time. If the Steelers plan to continue to contend in the AFC North, they will need Roethlisberger to show that he can stay healthy and lead the team back in to the playoffs.