Ben Roethlisberger: Knee feels great, could play Sunday if I had to

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Less than one week after surgery, Ben Roethlisberger says he 'could play Sunday' if he had to. (USATSI)
Less than one week after surgery, Ben Roethlisberger says he 'could play Sunday' if he had to. (USATSI)

There aren't any NFL games scheduled in June, but if there were, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he would be healthy enough to play this Sunday. That's good news for the Steelers, as Roethlisberger's statement comes less than one week after the quarterback had minor surgery on his right knee.

Roethlisberger's June 5 surgery was performed by Dr. James Bradley.

"It feels great," Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I saw Doc Bradley this morning. He was pleasantly surprised with the range of motion and where we're at with the swelling. I've been off crutches for a couple days now and moving around pretty good. I think I could play Sunday if I had to."

Roethlisberger underwent a similar surgery during the 2005 season after suffering a knee injury against San Diego. However, the 10th-year quarterback couldn't pinpoint exactly when the injury happened last season.

"I think it was just general wear and tear," Roethlisberger said. "It's my right leg, so it's my plant leg. Every time I drop back I put a lot of pressure on my right leg. A lot of quarterbacks' right knees are probably a little banged up."

The knee shouldn't be banged up much longer. Roethlisberger said the surgery was successful. "According to Doc, the surgery went really well, my knee is in great shape," he said. "They took care of the little problem. It had been bothering me a little bit last year and we just decided now is the time to take care of it."

Roethlisberger has battled injuries his entire career and has only made it through an entire regular season once in nine years. That came in 2008 when Roethlisberger started all 16 games and led the Steelers to a Super Bowl win over Arizona.

 
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