Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly didn’t travel with the team to their Week 3 road game against the San Francisco 49ers and that’s likely because he was preparing for elbow surgery today.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Roethlisberger underwent elbow surgery on Monday, and he’s expected to return for 2020 season. The Steelers veteran quarterback reportedly didn’t need Tommy John surgery, a procedure to repair or replace ligaments in the elbow. Instead, Roethlisberger reportedly had a muscle tear repaired.
Roethlisberger, according to Schefter on Monday, had surgery on his right elbow Monday in Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure in consultation with Steelers team physician Jim Bradley.
”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.”
Currently the predominate speculation seems to be that Roethlisberger will be fully rehabbed long before the start of the team’s 2020 training camp and possibly even be ready to resume practicing by the start of OTAs in May.
Roethlisberger suffered his elbow injury late in the first half of the Steelers Week 2 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was pulled from that game at halftime and never returned. The Steelers placed Roethlisberger on the Reserve/Injured list last Tuesday and announced he would be out for the remainder of the season.
Roethlisberger signed a two-year contract extension this past April and his new deal runs through the 2021 season.