Ben Roethlisberger reveals severity of elbow injury after unprecedented return
Pittsburgh Steelers veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s 2019 campaign was abruptly ended after sustaining a season-ending elbow injury. With the 38-year old player recently back in training camp, it looks like he has already fully recovered and is ready to go for the upcoming season.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport detailed the gunslinger’s injury on Twitter:
#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tells reporters that he tore three flexor tendons off the bone, elbow surgery he believes no QB has ever come back from. Not Tommy John, but somewhat similar and very serious. That he looks and feels this good is impressive.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2020
His latest injury was sustained on Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks last season when he injured his right elbow and was unable to play in the second half of the game. The Steelers eventually announced that he will be missing the remainder of the 2019 season after undergoing surgery on his elbow.
His absence led the team to a subpar 8-8 tally to finish the season. The Baltimore Ravens sit atop the AFC North with an impressive 14-2 record last season.
With a severe injury already in the past, the six-time Pro Bowler is raring to help his Steelers team make it back to the playoffs in the upcoming season. A healthy and promising roster at hand will hopefully help the Steelers in their pursuit of the organization’s seventh Lombardi trophy.
The Hall of Fame-bound veteran has already amassed career numbers of 56,545 passing yards on 7,230 attempts with 363 passing touchdowns. Roethlisberger also owns a plethora of NFL and Steelers records to his name. He looks to make more history with the franchise as he makes a comeback to the gridiron in 2020.
Big Ben and the rest of the team will first see action against the New York Giants on September 14 at the MetLife Stadium.