It sounds like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might possibly receive clearance to resume throwing in late February.
According to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger will reportedly see his doctors in Los Angeles, CA on Feb. 21 with hopes of then receiving clearance to start throwing tennis balls and other light objects. He reportedly plans to stay in California for some period of time to meet with throwing coaches.
Roethlisberger, who underwent elbow surgery on Sept. 23, remains confident that he will be ready for the Steelers’ offseason sessions in May, according to Cook.
We haven’t heard much about Roethlisberger’s rehab process since head coach Mike Tomlin talked about the Steelers quarterback during his end-of-the-season press conference.
“I know that he’s due for an update somewhere around the 1st of February,” Tomlin said of Roethlisberger at the end of December. “A checkup that will be probably significant in terms of mapping out what’s next. But that’s a moving target, that date.”
There’s currently no reason to rush Roethlisberger along in his recovery from the right elbow injury that ended his 2019 season just six quarters into it. The Steelers annual OTA sessions don’t get underway until May.
We’ll see if Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert offers anything more substantial in the way of an update on Roethlisberger when he holds his annual scouting combine media session in Indianapolis, IN later this month. Colbert’s media session should take place just a few days after Roethlisberger’s Feb. 21 checkup in Los Angeles.