The club recommended the procedure “to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp,” Tomlin said.
Here is the full text of Tomlin’s statement:
“Earlier today, Ben had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason. 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.”
Roethlisberger, 31, threw for 3,265 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2012. He appeared in 13 games, missing time after suffering rib and shoulder injuries.
While Roethlisberger has started at least 12 games in all nine of his previous NFL seasons, he has started all 16 regular-season games just once.
Mark Kaboly, a Steelers beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported that Roethlisberger has “fully” practiced throughout OTAs — perhaps indeed a sign that the procedure is simply routine maintenance, so to speak.