May 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) participates in organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has knee surgery


Pittsburgh Steelers fans know all too well what the results are when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t healthy. Wednesday afternoon, he took steps to hopefully avoid dealing with pain in 2013.

May 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) participates in organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers announced on Wednesday that Roethlisberger underwent right knee surgery as he was dealing with some discomfort.

The words “Roethlisberger” and “discomfort” are enough to make Steelers fans hold their breath, but this is actually good news.

The surgery was a minor arthroscopic procedure to clean up meniscus damage in his right knee. He had the same surgery to his left knee seven years ago. The surgery carries a four-to-six-week timetable for recovery. With that being said, it made perfect sense to have the procedure done now so that Big Ben is ready to go for training camp.

Having Roethlisberger completely healthy for a 16-game season is a must for the Steelers to contend, but it is also something that has proven to be a challenge.

Despite putting up MVP-type numbers for the first half of the 2012 season, Roethlisberger missed three games due to injury and ultimately the Steelers couldn’t make up enough ground upon his return to catch the Cincinnati Bengals or the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North standings.

Hopefully for the sake of Steelers fans, Big Ben makes a quick and speedy recovery and can be both ready and healthy when camp arrives as he tries to lead the Steelers back to the postseason.

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