Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Sidelined Until Training Camp After Knee Surgery

According to Pittsburgh Steelers PR man Burt Lauten on Twitter, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had minor surgery Wednesday on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement that they advised Roethlisberger to get the surgery done now to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp in July and that the procedure will have no long-term effects on his health.

Roethlisberger said in a recent radio interview this offseason that he was healthy and made no mention of his knee. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter that Roethlisberger\’s surgery has been planned for at least week and that it\’s not like it was spur-of-the-moment decision to have it done.

As it looks right now, Roethlisberger, who missed three games in 2012 after suffering injuries to his shoulder and ribs in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be sidelined for the rest of the offseason practices. However, with the surgery taking place well ahead of the start of training camp, there is no reason to think that he won\’t be 100% when the team arrives to Latrobe late in July.

Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery to remove a piece of cartilage in his left knee back in November of 2005 after first injuring it in the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers. As a result of the surgery, the Steelers quarterback missed the next three games, but wound up leading the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl championship.