If there was any concern about Ben Roethlisberger's latest surgery, the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback certainly squashed it. Roethlisberger, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee six days ago, only had a wrap covering the knee, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"It feels great," Roethlisberger told reporters on the first day of Steelers mandatory minicamp. "I've been off crutches for a couple days now and moving around pretty good. I think I could play Sunday if I had to."
If Roethlisberger did try to play, he probably wouldn't be able to perform up to his standards. The usual recovery time for this procedure is two to four weeks. Luckily for Roethlisberger, training camp doesn't begin until July 26 and there are 89 days until the Steelers open the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.
Still, Roethlisberger heard some criticism on why he didn't elect to do this earlier.
"We wanted to try to see if we could manage it," Roethlisberger said. "I'd come in on Tuesday and practice, it would feel good and by Thursday it was like a tire slowly losing air. It kind of hurt me on Thursday. We figured it was time to get it done and the doctors agreed."
Roethlisberger has built a reputation on playing hurt. But, this time, he was smart not to work through the pain. By getting the surgery done now instead of waiting to see if it would get better by the summer, Roethlisberger gave himself enough time to be fully recovered by the time training camp started.