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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Quarterback #7
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 10
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 241 lb.
College:Miami - OH
Age:38
Born:March 2, 1982
Drafted:2004 / Rd. 1 (11)
Draft Team:PIT

Ben Roethlisberger: Throwing with teammates

Roethlisberger (elbow) is shown throwing passes to teammates James Conner (quadriceps) and Juju Smith-Schuster in a video released by the Steelers on Monday.

Analysis: Roethlisberger, who underwent right elbow surgery in September, opens the video stating that he won't cut his hair or shave until he's able to throw a "legit NFL pass" to his teammates. The clip ends with the veteran signal-caller receiving a cut and trim, indicating that his on-field work with Conner and Smith-Schuster represents being able to resume throwing without issues. The Steelers expect the 38-year-old to make a full recovery in time to kick off the 2020 campaign, and being able to resume making an on-field connecting with his receivers is a significant step in the right direction.

May 18, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Doing well in rehab

Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to be ready when the season begins, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Chris Adamski reports.

Analysis: When asked about Roethlisberger's projected availability for the Steelers' season opener September 14 at the Giants, coach Mike Tomlin said, "As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness." The Steelers need Big Ben to stay healthy this season for the offense to improve after being one of the worst in the league last year. "He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener," added Tomlin.

May 9, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: To be ready for Week 1

Roethlisberger (elbow) expects to be healthy for Week 1 of the 2020 season, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports. "I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps," Roethlisberger said Monday. "That was going to be the plan."

Analysis: Roethlisberger has displayed modest progress in his recovery from September surgery to reattach three ligaments in his throwing elbow, lofting passes in late February and throwing pain-free by the end of March. Along the way, there was an expectation he wouldn't do much during the offseason program and even be limited at the start of training camp. With the former happening virtually this year, Roethlisberger will turn his focus to being ready at the height of summer, though it remains to be seen if he'll get any run in the Steelers' Hall of Fame Game matchup with the Cowboys on Aug. 6 or during the preseason whatsoever.

April 6, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Throwing pain-free

Roethlisberger (elbow) indicated Friday that he's "throwing without pain for the first time in years," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the QB also relayed that he's throwing about 40 passes per day from about 20 yards. With that in mind, Roethlisberger plans to gradually increase the volume and velocity of his throws, with an eye toward being ready for Week 1 on the 2020 NFL season.

March 20, 2020 10:35 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Facing lengthy rehab

Roethlisberger (elbow) isn't expected to do much during the offseason program and likely will be limited early in training camp, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While he's said to be ahead of his initial rehab timeline, Roethlisberger only recently resumed throwing footballs, lofting some passes inside a gym in late February. The Steelers still haven't confirmed specifics of his injury, but this report suggests the Sept. 23 surgery reattached three ligaments in his throwing elbow. A previous report described the injury as a muscle tear, so there at least seems to be agreement that Roethlisberger didn't have Tommy John surgery. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is optimistic the 38-year-old quarterback will be ready for Week 1, even saying that Roethlisberger could be a better player when he comes back from the prolonged period of rest. Colbert also shot down recent rumors about Roethlisberger being out of shape.

March 3, 2020 8:06 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Three months away from clearance

Roethlisberger (elbow) believes he's about two and a half or three months away from receiving full medical clearance, Ron Cook of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The Steelers posted a short video Saturday of Roethlisberger lofting a pass inside a gym. The quarterback notes he was able to bypass tennis-ball throwing and instead moved right to footballs, but his timeline estimate suggests he won't be ready for strenuous activity any sooner than the end of the offseason program or the beginning of training camp. Roethlisberger will turn 38 in May, looking to rebound from Sept. 23 surgery to repair a torn muscle in his throwing elbow. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both have been straightforward about the expectation of Roethlisberger being ready for Week 1.

February 24, 2020 7:00 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Spotted throwing

Roethlisberger (elbow) was shown lofting passes in a performance center Saturday.

Analysis: The Roethlisberger recovery tour continued Saturday, with the Steelers teasing a five second video showcasing the veteran quarterback attempting passes in a performance center. Both head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert have expressed certainty in Roethlisberger's status for the 2020 season in recent days, although the exact rehab timeline remains unknown. The 37-year-old underwent surgery on his throwing elbow Sept. 23.

February 22, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Expected back for week 1

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that he has "no hesitation" that Roethlisberger (elbow) will be ready for opening day, Brooke Pryor of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

Analysis: omlin echoed the sentiment shared by general manager Kevin Colbert last Thursday despite the long recovery underway by Roethlisberger following season-ending elbow surgery after playing just six quarters in 2019. With Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges and Paxton Lynch the only current options besides Roethlisberger the Steelers need Tomlin and Colbert to be right if they are to reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

February 17, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: On track for full recovery

General manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that Roethlisberger (elbow) is "on course" to make a full recovery, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger continues to recover from elbow surgery undergone on his throwing arm Sept. 23, and all reports regarding his progress have been optimistic thus far. The 37-year-old signal-caller will no doubt have to clear multiple more stages in his rehab process before receiving full medical clearance, and it remains to be seen whether he'll manage to attain a clean bill of health in time to kick off training camp, but it currently looks as though Roethlisberger is trending in the right direction for the start of the 2020 season. The six-time Pro Bowler's return to the starting lineup would no doubt provide a notable boost for Pittsburgh's offense, which struggled to attain consistency in 2019 with Devin Hodges and Mason Rudolph (shoulder) at the helm.

February 13, 2020 10:59 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Update coming in February

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger (elbow) will meet with doctors in early February for what amounts to a "significant" checkup, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger hasn't hit any reported snags in his recovery since undergoing surgery on his throwing elbow Sept. 23, but the Steelers won't be able to map out the final stages of his rehab process until he's re-evaluated. The 37-year-old indicated last week that he intends to continue his career in 2020, so if he gets a clean bill of health from doctors heading into training camp, Roethlisberger should reclaim his familiar perch atop the Steelers' depth chart. Tomlin suggested Monday that the Steelers will enter the offseason with Mason Rudolph (shoulder) -- not Devlin Hodges -- as the No. 2 option behind Roethlisberger.

December 31, 2019 9:37 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Affirms commitment to play in 2020

Roethlisberger (elbow) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he's rehabbing his injury with the intention of continuing his career in 2020.

Analysis: Roethlisberger's 16th NFL season came to an end in Week 2, when he required surgery to reattach three tendons in the elbow on his (right) throwing arm. The veteran will turn 38 in March and carries a hefty $33.5 million cap figure for 2020, but assuming his recovery continues as anticipated, the Steelers will probably be willing to keep him in the fold. Neither undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges nor second-year signal-caller Mason Rudolph (shoulder) showed much promise directing the offense after Roethlisberger went down with the season-ending injury, and the Steelers are unlikely to find an upgrade over Roethlisberger this offseason via free agency, the draft or the trade market.

December 26, 2019 10:48 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Expecting full recovery

The Steelers have expressed confidence that Roethlisberger will recover fully from September elbow surgery and play during the 2020 season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger was shut down after the first two games of the current campaign and endured a procedure on Sept. 23 to reattach three tendons in his right elbow. The 16-year pro hasn't been cleared to throw but has made enough progress to date to raise his hopes to suit up next fall and potentially beyond that point. During his absence, the Steelers have put themselves into a position to reach the postseason based on the strength of the defense. On the other side of the ball, both Mason Rudolph (shoulder) and Devlin Hodges have directed the offense for stretches but fallen well shy of Roethlisberger's standard. Consequently, the team no doubt will welcome back the veteran presence once he's cleared for on-field work.

December 23, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Undergoes elbow surgery

Roethlisberger had surgery on his right elbow Monday in Los Angeles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In the wake of the procedure, the Steelers released a statement. Per Schefter: "Once Ben returns to Pittsburgh, he immediately will begin working with the Steelers' medical staff on his rehabilitation, and he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the field for the 2020 NFL season." Fortunately for Roethlisberger, he didn't undergo Tommy John surgery, so that goal certainly is attainable. While he enters recovery mode, the Steelers offense will ride the coattails of Mason Rudolph.

September 23, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Won't need Tommy John Surgery

Roethlisberger (right elbow) won't require Tommy John surgery and is expected back for the 2020 NFL season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger is still expected to undergo season-ending surgery this week, but Schefter notes via a source that "there is complete optimism that (the signal caller) will be ready to roll next season. No one is concerned that next year is going to be a problem." In the meantime, Mason Rudolph will serve as the Steelers' starting QB.

September 22, 2019 7:50 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Should resume throwing in spring

Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to receive clearance to resume throwing at some point during the spring, a source tells Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger will soon go under the knife for season-ending surgery on his right elbow, but those close to the situation believe the signal-caller avoided any ligament or tendon damage when he was injured in the Week 2 loss to the Seahawks. As a result, Roethlisberger's impending procedure will merely address a torn muscle, which puts him on track for a shorter recovery timeline than would have been the case if he had needed surgery to repair ligaments. An official timetable for Roethlisberger's recovery probably won't come until the surgery is completed, but the 37-year-old should be back to 100 percent health in advance of training camp, if not OTAs. With Roethlisberger on injured reserve for the remainder of the season, second-year player Mason Rudolph will take over as the Steelers' starting quarterback.

September 22, 2019 6:11 AM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Receives second opinion

Roethlisberger got a second opinion on his injured right elbow Thursday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger has yet to undergo the procedure that has been ordered up, but his appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache likely was done to hone in on the exact nature of the season-ending issue. As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Roethlisberger won't undergo Tommy John surgery with the expectation that he'll be full healthy by Week 1 of the 2020 campaign. Look for Roethlisberger's recovery timetable to become more clear once he goes under the knife.

September 21, 2019 7:14 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Expects to be healthy for 2020

Though the exact nature of the right elbow procedure Roethlisberger will undergo later this week isn't known, he won't be in line for Tommy John surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tommy John surgery is a rather common procedure for baseball pitchers and often carries a recovery timeline of more than 12 months, but Roethlisberger's surgery isn't expected to keep him sidelined nearly that long. In fact, the quarterback has said that he anticipates being back to full strength in advance of the 2020 season, with a more specific timeline likely to come once the surgery is completed. Roethlisberger has already dismissed any notion that he'll retire and plans to play out the final season of the two-year, $68 million contract he inked this past March.

September 17, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Plans to play next year

Roethlisberger, who will require season-ending elbow surgery, has no plans to retire. "I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season," Roethlisberger noted in a statement posted by the team Monday. "The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play."

Analysis: In Roethlisberger's absence, Mason Rudolph will start at QB for the Steelers, with Devlin Hodges currently the team's top backup. It's way too early to get a handle on a timetable for Roethlisberger's recovery, but the 37-year-old will now set his sights on being available for the start of the 2020 NFL season.

September 16, 2019 2:39 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Officially placed on IR

The Steelers placed Roethlisberger (elbow) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: It was already announced Monday that Roethlisberger will require season-ending elbow surgery, so his placement on injured reserve is simply a formality. In a corresponding move, Pittsburgh promoted fellow passer Devlin Hodges to the 53-man roster to back up Mason Rudolph, who will start under center in Roethlisberger's absence.

September 16, 2019 1:23 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger: Done for season

Coach Mike Tomlin relayed Monday that Roethlisberger will require season-ending elbow surgery.

Analysis: An MRI on Roethlisberger's right (throwing) elbow revealed that the QB will need surgery and is now in line to be placed on IR. With Roethlisberger ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 campaign, the Steelers will now proceed with Mason Rudolph as their starting signal caller.

September 16, 2019 8:52 AM EST

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