Roethlisberger (elbow) is shown throwing passes to teammates James Conner (quadriceps) and JuJu Smith-Schuster in a video released by the Steelers on Monday. Roethlisberger, who underwent right elbow surgery in September, opens the video stating that he won't cut his hair or shave until he's able to throw a "legit NFL pass" to his teammates. The clip ends with the veteran signal-caller receiving a cut and trim, indicating that his on-field work with Conner and Smith-Schuster represents being able to resume throwing without issues. The Steelers expect the 38-year-old to make a full recovery in time to kick off the 2020 campaign, and being able to resume making an on-field connection with his receivers is a significant step in the right direction.
Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to be ready when the season begins, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Chris Adamski reports. "As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness," coach Mike Tomlin said. When asked about Roethlisberger's projected availability for the Steelers' season opener September 14 at the Giants, Tomlin added "He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener." The Steelers will need Big Ben to stay healthy this season for the offense to improve after being one of the worst in the league last year.
Roethlisberger (elbow) expects to be healthy for Week 1 of the 2020 season, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports. "I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps," Roethlisberger said Monday. "That was going to be the plan." Roethlisberger has displayed modest progress in his recovery from September surgery to reattach three ligaments in his throwing elbow, lofting passes in late February and throwing pain-free by the end of March. Along the way, there was an expectation he wouldn't do much during the offseason program and even be limited at the start of training camp. With the former happening virtually this year, Roethlisberger will turn his focus to being ready at the height of summer, though it remains to be seen if he'll get any run in the Steelers' Hall of Fame Game matchup with the Cowboys on Aug. 6 or during the preseason whatsoever.
Roethlisberger (elbow) indicated Friday that he's "throwing without pain for the first time in years," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the QB also relayed that he's throwing about 40 passes per day from about 20 yards. With that in mind, Roethlisberger plans to gradually increase the volume and velocity of his throws, with an eye toward being ready for Week 1 on the 2020 NFL season.
Roethlisberger (elbow) isn't expected to do much during the offseason program and likely will be limited early in training camp, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports. While he's said to be ahead of his initial rehab timeline, Roethlisberger only recently resumed throwing footballs, lofting some passes inside a gym in late February. The Steelers still haven't confirmed specifics of his injury, but this report suggests the Sept. 23 surgery reattached three ligaments in his throwing elbow. A previous report described the injury as a muscle tear, so there at least seems to be agreement that Roethlisberger didn't have Tommy John surgery. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is optimistic the 38-year-old quarterback will be ready for Week 1, even saying that Roethlisberger could be a better player when he comes back from the prolonged period of rest. Colbert also shot down recent rumors about Roethlisberger being out of shape.
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|1||09/14||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
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