Ben Roethlisberger keeps waiting for elbow to hurt, but it doesn’t

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s return after missing the final 14 games of last season has led to optimism in Pittsburgh, but there’s been another thought rolling through the quarterback’s head.

Roethlisberger said that he has felt pain in his right elbow while throwing for most of his career and that he finds himself waiting for it to return after throwing the ball during practices this summer. The good news for the quarterback and the Steelers is that there’s been no sign of it.

“Oh yeah, I’ve been feeling this pain in my elbow for probably 13, 14 years,” Roethlisberger said, via Terez Paylor of YahooSpots.com. “I’ve had a small tear in there the whole time . . . and I dealt with the pain and literally dealt with it in pretty much everything I do. You just kind of get used to it; I’ve had that pain for so long that every day, I keep waiting for it to come back like, where is it, where is it? And luckily, by the grace of God, it hasn’t come back yet. Hopefully, it never does.”

Roethlisberger has lost weight on his way back to the lineup and said he has “a few more chapters” left to write on the field. A continued lack of pain in the elbow will make it likelier that he’s writing positive ones.

16 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger keeps waiting for elbow to hurt, but it doesn’t

  1. Well, we know that no matter what his elbow is telling him, Roethlisburger won’t take no for an answer.

  2. He is coming back to a division with a reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow. I bet he retires after the season or even mid season. He is done.

  3. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 25, 2020 at 10:39 am
    He is coming back to a division with a reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow. I bet he retires after the season or even mid season. He is done.

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    Ben has two SB wins. Lamar has two 1-and-dones in the postseason. Burrow plays for the Bengals. Expect him to pull and Andrew Luck in a couple of years.

  4. When is this guy going to stop telling us how tough he is? At least he’s starting to build his excuse if/when things go bad and he tosses a bunch of picks.

    “Yeah the pain is my elbow is back and it is really painful now and affected my throws, despite my arm falling off I’m going to play and grit it out”

  5. First a drama queen playing through unimaginable pain, now a walking act of God? When the elbow snaps in an upcoming game will God have abandoned him, or the devil invaded his bones?

  6. That explains how he lost to Tim Tebow and then Blake Bortles at home in playoff games, cause there is no way a top healthy QB let’s that happen!

  7. 13,14 years of elbow pain. Yep, I do recall seeing “Roethlisberger, elbow” on the injury report every week for his entire career.

  8. I had the same surgery in February. Tore my triceps tendon after years of pain. I still get pain. But I can throw a football and lift heavy again (everything but heavy bench and triceps work). It’s a full one year recovery but muscle memory is real. He will be fine it just takes awhile.

  9. Ummmmm. Just for the record I don’t think he is saying how tough he is when he talks about his elbow NOT hurting.

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