On Tuesday, it was reported by Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is now scheduled to visit his doctors in California on Feb. 21 to have his surgically repaired elbow examined and that time he hopes to get clearance to begin throwing tennis balls and other light objects. On the heels of that report, Steelers team president Art Rooney II was asked to provide an update on Roethlisberger during a conference call with fans as part of Steelers Nation Unite program.
“So far, so good as far as Ben’s progress,” Rooney said of Roethlisberger’s elbow rehab. “He’s still early in his rehab situation, but all the reports that we’ve been getting have been positive and really look forward to him continuing to improve as we work into the spring here.”
That’s obviously not much of an update on Roethlisberger, but beggars can’t be choosy.
According to Cook’s Tuesday report, Roethlisberger plans to stay in California for a period of time after his February doctor visit to meet with throwing coaches. The Steelers quarterback also reportedly remains hopeful he will be ready for the Steelers’ OTA practices in May, mini-camp in June and training camp in July.
With Rooney’s latest update on Roethlisberger now in hand, we might not hear anything else about the quarterback’s rehab until Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert meets the media at the annual NFL scouting combine later this month. That media session in Indianapolis, IN figures to take place not long after Roethlisberger’s checkup in California.