Steelers General Manager not worried about Ben Roethlisberger being in shape

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There may be reasons for the Steelers to be concerned about Ben Roethlisberger as he’s coming off elbow surgery, but conditioning isn’t one of them.

Via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said during an interview on WDIX that he’s not worried about his quarterback being in shape when they report to training camp.

“I know where Ben is, where he’s been in his career, and I’ve never worried about his conditioning,” Colbert said. “When he shows up at training camp, he’s ready to go. He knows how to prepare himself.”

The Steelers have expressed optimism about Roethlisberger’s return, and he has said he’s throwing at something less than 100 percent already, but isn’t pushing it because he has time.

Colbert said Roethlisberger would be “in a semi-rehab state” when they get to camp, but otherwise was encouraged with his comeback and what it said about the 38-year-old.

“I know that he could easily walk away from this game as well, but he’s continuing to play it because I think he really wants to prove and do more,” Colbert said. “To me, the guy has Hall of Fame credentials as he stands today, but that’s not enough for him — and, to me, that’s a mark of greatness.”

That said, the elbow surgery does lead a bit of mystery to their camp, as they put their faith into action by not adding a better grade of backup quarterback this offseason.

13 responses to “Steelers General Manager not worried about Ben Roethlisberger being in shape

  1. In ’83 Bradshaw injured HIS elbow and he was done at 34. All it’s gonna take is one hard/long pass for Ben to do same. Pitt will regret not going after Winston or these other capable QBs recently on the mkt. Rudolph is not the successor.

  2. The recent history of Ben and the Steelers, 3 playoff wins in the last decade including playoff losses to Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles,it looks gloomy for the upcoming season

  3. ” Steelers General Manager not worried about Ben Roethlisberger being in shape ”

    Well round is a shape isn’t it.

  4. grant35 says:

    Pitt will regret not going after Winston or….
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    lol

  5. ” Steelers General Manager not worried about Ben Roethlisberger being in shape ”

    Well round is a shape isn’t it.

    Beat me to it .

  6. grant35 says:
    May 14, 2020 at 7:22 am
    In ’83 Bradshaw injured HIS elbow and he was done at 34. All it’s gonna take is one hard/long pass for Ben to do same. Pitt will regret not going after Winston or these other capable QBs recently on the mkt. Rudolph is not the successor.

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    Bradshaw’s elbow gave out for good on a 10-yard dump off to Calvin Sweeney (for a TD, btw). He walked off the field in the first quarter and told Chuck Noll he was done, (after leading two TD drives that got the Steelers into the playoffs). His elbow had been bothering him for several years, and he already had had at least one surgery. So if Big Ben is “less than 100 percent” eight months (rough guess) after elbow surgery, the outlook is not too good.

  7. In this day and age year round conditioning programs should be in their contract. They don’t have to be in playing shape but shouldn’t show up to camp looking like the Pillsbury dough boy. Shaquille O’Neill lost years at the back end of his career because of the strain involved in playing into shape.

  8. Great quarterback, and I respect his accomplishments absolutely. That said, if the Steelers spent the offseason worrying about how to get Roethlisberger in shape, they’d have fired Mike Tomlin for Chip Kelly years ago.

  9. He doesn’t worry about it because he knows he’s not going to be in shape. When has Ben ever been in shape. Well, round is a shape but that’s not exactly what we’re talking about here.

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