A video of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing a football following his Friday checkup visit with a doctor in California took social media by storm on Saturday and clearly showed that his rehabilitation from elbow surgery is likely going as well as it possibly can be. Roethlisberger has since updated Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on his current condition and rehab process.
“It felt amazing to throw,” Roethlisberger reportedly said on his Saturday throwing session. “It was hard to hold the smile in. Two more throwing sessions while I’m out here in California and then headed back to the burgh.”
Roethlisberger also reportedly commented on how his Friday visit with the doctor out in California went and offered up a loose time-frame associated with his continued rehab.
“It was a good report,” Roethlisberger said, per Cook. “I got to bypass the tennis ball throwing for a month and go right to the football. Still going to be about 2.5-3 months until I get total clearance from doc but we are doing good!”
The fact that Roethlisberger was able to bypass the process of throwing light objects such as a tennis ball in lieu of a football is certainly fantastic news. With this part of the rehab process now happening in late February, it sounds reasonable to expect that Roethlisberger will be able to participate throwing in some capacity during the team’s OTA practices in May.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is expected to hold his annual scouting combine press conference on Tuesday at during it he’s expected to offer up some sort of other update on Roethlisberger.