Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has cancelled organized team activities, offseason workouts and practices, which has been a bummer for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger played in just two games this past season due to an elbow injury that resulted in the veteran undergoing surgery last September.
However, the 38-year-old was planning on participating in minicamp in some form or fashion, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic:
“I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps … That was going to be the plan. Now I don’t know how much I was going to do, I don’t know if I was going to be doing team stuff or stuff like that, but I would have been definitely going to be out there ready to go.”
That’s certainly a good sign for the Steelers heading into 2020, as Pittsburgh badly missed Roethlisberger’s presence under center this past year. Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges handled quarterback duties, but neither was able to deliver as the Steelers limped to an 8-8 record.
Roethlisberger added that his rehab currently “consists of just throwing” and that he is throwing footballs that contain a microchip to record things such as his velocity, spin rate and so forth. Not having to rush into offseason activities has also been good for his progress:
“Now that we don’t have those [practices], we took a step back and backed up a week … We said let’s just make sure and slow it down some more and take it even a step slower. It’s going really, really well, though.”
The Steelers have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons.