Ben Roethlisberger has 'minor surgery' on right knee

Ben Roethlisberger underwent 'minor surgery' on his right knee on Wednesday. (USATSI)
Ben Roethlisberger underwent 'minor surgery' on his right knee on Wednesday. (USATSI)

On the same day that their arch-rival Ravens were visiting the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, the Steelers had a much worse day. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent minor surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

Mike Tomlin announced the news on Wednesday afternoon and said he believes Roethlisberger's surgery will have no ill effects on the quarterback long term.

"Earlier today, Ben had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason," Tomlin said in a statement released by the team. "We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp. This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health."

Surgery is obviously never a good thing, especially for someone as important to the Steelers in 2013 as Roethlisberger.

But, like I always say, if a star player's going to have surgery, you'd rather him have surgery in May and June than in September or October.

Easy prediction time: The Steelers will announce that Roethlisberger's surgery was "successful."

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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