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Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger had “minor” knee surgery Wednesday

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent “minor” surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said in a team-issued statement.

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.

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42 Responses to “Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger had “minor” knee surgery Wednesday”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    We are the Washington Redskins and we are better than you. #RGIIIbestQBinFootball

  2. ngatasteelersfan says: Jun 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health.”

    There miserable offensive line on the otherhand…

  3. rr2000k says: Jun 5, 2013 12:44 PM

    I’m sure Be will say it was a total replacement.

  4. whatnojets says: Jun 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Injury due to too many lap dancers???

  5. recyclecode6 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:50 PM

    Best offseason news ever for Big Ben

  6. lagg1 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    The Steelers has better block for this man or he will wind up in the hospital.

  7. Kaz says: Jun 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    It was about time for Big Ben to have an “injury”…. To many other players like Gronk, JPP, Richardson was getting all the attention for their big training camp return. I’m surprised it wasn’t life threatening, or the injury didn’t feel like he was walking on a broke leg. We fully expect a “miraculous” recovery.

  8. brownspower says: Jun 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    I hope Ben is good shape for the start of the season. We don’t want any lame excuses when Pittsburg ends up in last place.

  9. cfeeley52 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:03 PM

    Whats the point? We all know he’s going to be injured again by week 4 anyways. Just hang up the cleats big fella…

  10. @Cereal_22 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:09 PM

    Warm up Charlie Batch

  11. classyjacklambert says: Jun 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    Wow Ben can’t win for losing with some people. Tomlin issues a statement about Ben having a minor knee surgery and here come all the trolls calling Ben a drama queen, even though he hasn’t said anything about it lol.

  12. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    Old, so old, and slow.
    Remember those 6 rings you have this season. They’ll make you feel better about going 5-11

  13. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    Most minor injuries require surgery. Sounds legit.

  14. ravensdominate says: Jun 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    Love it. Big Ben gets surgery, the ravens get their Super Bowl ring. Great day!

  15. istateyourname says: Jun 5, 2013 1:27 PM

    There goes his speed…

  16. jiggy3198 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:31 PM

    The only thing that could’ve made this better was if the ravens won the super……never mind they did

  17. jiggy3198 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:31 PM

    Ben the third best quarterback………in the AFC North that is

  18. edawg7l says: Jun 5, 2013 1:34 PM

    Before the Raven fans chirp too much on here remember this – your boy, Flacco, just sunk the franchise. He’s not even a top 10 QB. He can’t have a safety screw up coverage on every play.

  19. baltimoresnativeson says: Jun 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    Minor knee surgery is an oxymoron.

  20. pskotte says: Jun 5, 2013 1:46 PM

    He’s going to need his knee at 100% to evade the Bengals pass rush.

  21. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    The surgery was too fix the injuries he received from dozens of women who kicked him while trying to get away from him…

  22. farvite says: Jun 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    I wonder which Bengal will Kimo this guy??

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    He’d play today if he had to. Pure warrior. Flacco’d still be crying about the novacane shot and would miss 6 weeks.

  24. rockinrodie says: Jun 5, 2013 2:21 PM

    logicalvoicesays, your teams double digit loss in Pit last year says otherwise.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2013 2:33 PM

    They didn’t bother getting a surgeon to do the cleanup. Just brought in the guy from the Parks Board who cleans the statues in the area. With a chisel and a wire brush.

  26. ccjcsr says: Jun 5, 2013 2:36 PM

    Nothing is Minor whenyou go under the knife, Ask RGknee!

  27. seattlecoug says: Jun 5, 2013 2:40 PM

    Will he do jumping jacks in a few weeks like that horrible, over-rated, no playoff wins ever – booby griffin?

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    thegreatgabbert,

    Stick to being angry and bitter, your comedy angle isn’t working for you.

  29. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 5, 2013 2:46 PM

    should have got a nose job whike he was there…

  30. bensstinkyfingers says: Jun 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    He should be up and ready for training camp. Liposuction usually only requires 3 to 4 week recovery time from what I’ve been told. Tyler Durden and the Paper Street soap Company should make a killing if they market #7 soap properly.

  31. CKL says: Jun 5, 2013 3:14 PM

    classyjacklambert says:
    Jun 5, 2013 1:13 PM
    Wow Ben can’t win for losing with some people. Tomlin issues a statement about Ben having a minor knee surgery and here come all the trolls calling Ben a drama queen, even though he hasn’t said anything about it lol.
    _________________________________
    Tomlin is putting this out there before BR says anything precisely to avoid BR the drama queen mode, IMO. I’m sure you know because you’re a Steelers fan that both he and Cowher have had to contradict some of the exaggerations/fabrications BR has done on his various health issues before. If Tomlin puts this out now, he won’t have to answer eye rolling questions later when BR says something like, ” I played with radioactive material in my knee all year that was implanted by aliens and just toughed it out.”

  32. rollonthree says: Jun 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    I have the laugh at the people that still call this team old. Every starter on the offensive side of the ball is younger than Ben and Ben is 31. The defense has gotten younger as well with the Steelers getting rid of Farrior, Harrison, Smith, and Hampton in recent years. The oldest starter on D is 33. Age is not a problem for this team anymore. It’s a matter of if they have the right guys to replace the veterans they have had around forever. That will be the real test.

    I like the fact that everyone is writing this team off. They lost 4 games to garbage teams that they shouldn’t have last year. Win two of those 4 and they are 10-6 and in the playoffs. This team is not that far away.

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    Too bad they don’t have surgery to remove mediocrity. Flacco could really use it.

  34. rockinrodie says: Jun 5, 2013 4:03 PM

    jiggy3198, most of us fans wanted Balt to win that game. We didn’t want to be tied with SF.

  35. seaeagle707 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    Someone has to tell Ben, its the underage groupies who get on “their” knees in parking lots, not the SuperBowl winning QB.

  36. cfeeley52 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:45 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jun 5, 2013 3:53 PM
    Too bad they don’t have surgery to remove mediocrity. Flacco could really use it.
    ——————————-
    You’re right, Flacco is just a mediocre QB who put together one of the best post season runs in nfl history and won superbowl mvp honors (something big ben has never done). Mediocre QB’s do that kind of stuff all the time…

  37. mazblast says: Jun 5, 2013 4:53 PM

    brownspower says: Jun 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    I hope Ben is good shape for the start of the season. We don’t want any lame excuses when Pittsburg ends up in last place.
    —————————————
    Says the guy who can’t even spell “Pittsburgh” correctly. “Pittsburg” is a town in Kansas.
    —————————————
    jiggy3198 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:31 PM

    Ben the third best quarterback………in the AFC North that is
    —————————————
    Flacco and…who?

    Add up the rings the QBs in the rest of the division have. That’s right, the total is less than Ben has on his own.
    —————————————
    farvite says: Jun 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    I wonder which Bengal will Kimo this guy??
    —————————————
    Bagels fans, still with this garbage. When Carcinoma Palmer got hurt, he said it was a clean hit. The O-lineman Kimo beat said it was a clean hit. The offensive coordinator said it was a clean hit. Marvin said it was a clean hit. Now Bugles fans are acting like Kimo was Jack Tatum incarnate, pulling a Mike Tyson and trying to bite Carson’s leg off, and that there is no doubt that the Bingles would have won the SB that year if not for this attempted homicide.

    Get over yourselves, Bengals fans. Your team is 0 for 45 overall, 0 for all of two Super Bowl appearances, and hasn’t won one freaking playoff game since before today’s HS grads were born. You support one of the least accomplished franchises in league history–kind of like the Steelers before the 1970s.

  38. mazblast says: Jun 5, 2013 4:56 PM

    cfeeley52 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:45 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jun 5, 2013 3:53 PM
    Too bad they don’t have surgery to remove mediocrity. Flacco could really use it.
    ——————————-
    You’re right, Flacco is just a mediocre QB who put together one of the best post season runs in nfl history and won superbowl mvp honors (something big ben has never done). Mediocre QB’s do that kind of stuff all the time…
    ————————————
    Game, set, match, cfeeley52. Flacco put together one heck of a run, and he wasn’t bad even before that. Props to Flacco and all the Ravens; if our Steelers manage to beat you this year, your success last year will make it all the sweeter.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2013 4:56 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jun 5, 2013 3:53 PM
    Too bad they don’t have surgery to remove mediocrity. Flacco could really use it.
    ——————————-
    You’re right, Flacco is just a mediocre QB who put together one of the best post season runs in nfl history and won superbowl mvp honors (something big ben has never done). Mediocre QB’s do that kind of stuff all the time…

    0 0 He had a great run, but you raven fans treat him like he cured cancer when in fact his previous four seasons ended without getting to
    a SB. By my calculations that’s .200….when he does it again call me…otherwise put it in perspective…above average, but can he carry a team? Soon to find out..you ready?

  40. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 6, 2013 7:35 AM

    Flacco put together five winning seasons (his only seasons) where he won at least one playoff game. By my calculations, that 1.000 compared to Roesthlisbooger who has been a pathetic 4 for 9 (.444) in that same arena. Flacco is also a SB MVP. Not Mr. Booger. I guess Steeler fans are ok with being disappointed more than half the time. No wonder they go around bragging about an 8-8 team.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 6, 2013 10:43 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | Jun 6, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT
    Flacco put together five winning seasons (his only seasons) where he won at least one playoff game. By my calculations, that 1.000 compared to Roesthlisbooger who has been a pathetic 4 for 9 (.444) in that same arena. Flacco is also a SB MVP. Not Mr. Booger. I guess Steeler fans are ok with being disappointed more than half the time. No wonder they go around bragging about an 8-8 team.
    Once again little fella you like afcn tee shirts we@

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 6, 2013 10:45 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | Jun 6, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT
    Flacco put together five winning seasons (his only seasons) where he won at least one playoff game. By my calculations, that 1.000 compared to Roesthlisbooger who has been a pathetic 4 for 9 (.444) in that same arena. Flacco is also a SB MVP. Not Mr. Booger. I guess Steeler fans are ok with being disappointed more than half the time. No wonder they go around bragging about an 8-8 team.
    No wonder you are bragging about a SB you don’t get there very often . I think we have been there more than you in the last ten years so slow your roll skippy.

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