It was thought that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would need offseason surgery on one of knees prior to him getting himself ready for the 2015 season, but according to his agent Ryan Tollner, the veteran signal-caller looks like he will avoid getting cut on altogether.
“Ben was instructed by team doctors to avoid strenuous activity due to inflammation in his knee, thus he will not play in the Pro Bowl,” Tollner told ESPN.com in a Friday evening email. “His knee will not require surgery and he looks forward to an otherwise healthy offseason to improve with his teammates.”
Roethlisberger, who will more than likely get a huge contract extension at some point during the offseason, backed out of the Pro Bowl earlier Friday because of the issue with his knee.
Roethlisberger threw for a career-high 4,952 yards in 2014 and in two different games he threw six touchdown passes.
It’s good to hear that Roethlisberger won’t need knee surgery and now we’ll sit and wait to hear how the forthcoming contract negotiations work out. The Steelers would probably like to get a new deal in place with Roethlisberger by the start of the new league year in March, but there’s yet to be a timetable publicly announced.