Ben Roethlisberger is heading into his 17th NFL season, but he is coming off the worst injury of his career. An unspecified injury to his elbow cost him 14 games, and he still hasn’t been cleared to return to football activities. But Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert had an update on Roethlisberger that should give fans some relief.
Speaking to the media this week, Colbert stated that “all signs are good” as far as Big Ben is concerned. He told beat writers that the 37-year-old quarterback has a check-up later this month, and he’s hopeful that Big Ben will make a complete recovery.
Roethlisberger is heading into a contract year, though. The two-year, $68 million contract extension he signed last April expires in 2021. He earned that extension after a record-setting 2018 campaign that saw him lead the NFL in passing yards.
In a meeting with beat writers, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he remains optimistic that Ben Roethlisberger's rehab is going in the right direction. He has a check-up in LA on 2/21.
"All signs are good. We're hopeful he can make a complete recovery."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February 13, 2020
But Pittsburgh has struggled mightily to find a QB anywhere near his skill as injuries have mounted these past few years. He’ll be 38 years old at the start of the 2020 season
Father Time has been creeping up on the start QBs from the 2004 NFL Draft. Eli Manning has retired, and Philip Rivers is being let go by the Chargers. Who knows if he’ll even be a starter in 2020?
But for now it looks like the Steelers are still committed to Big Ben as their QB. Assuming he’s healthy, he’ll start next season.
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