Already without one projected starter in Mike Adams, the Pittsburgh Steelers will finish OTA's and head into mini-camp without a second offensive starter. Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin announced that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be out of action until training camp after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
At this point, Tomlin stated that this was minor surgery to clean up the knee in hopes of stopping the discomfort the 31-year old signal caller has been dealing with. Roethlisberger has undergone this procedure before in 2005, when he missed four-games in that Super Bowl winning season recovering from surgery. That same four-game timeframe is what this recovery should take if there are no complications.
The decision to have Roethlisberger undergo the surgery at this point of the year seems to be in contrast with last offseason, where former linebacker James Harrison was held out of OTA's with knee and back pain, only to undergo surgery during the preseason. By having surgery now, Roethlisberger should ready for day one of training camp.
The decision could also help veteran back-up Bruce Gradkowski, fourth round pick Landry Jones and John Parker Wilson learn their new offense with increased reps. Gradkowski being the most important, garnering the reps with the first-team offense.
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