Ben Roethlisberger gets trim with 'high cardio' offseason regimen

Ben Roethlisberger looked noticeably slimmer in a picture from a recent University of Pittsburgh football practice.

It turns out the Steelers quarterback has lost at least 15 pounds this offseason on a "high-cardio" plan with team trainers, according to Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner.

This is a change from the 2015 season, when Roethlisberger was living in the training room with multiple injuries.

"He couldn't really work out because he kept getting hurt," Tollner said. "I think he said after the season, you know what, I'm going to lose weight to alleviate potential pain in my joints."

Roethlisberger, 34, missed four games with a medial collateral ligament sprain and a bone bruise. He also suffered a foot sprain, was under concussion protocol for a week and separated his shoulder on a hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Roethlisberger entered the 2004 NFL draft at around 240 pounds, but typically has played bigger than that, in part to absorb hits from the pocket. Perhaps being slimmer will help Roethlisberger as he enters his 13th year in Pittsburgh.

Word got around that Roethlisberger has been in the workout facility quite often this offseason, and it seems like it's paying off.