It has been reported by Steelers.com and other outlets that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent minor knee surgery Wednesday morning to alleviate some discomfort he bad been experiencing during the offseason.
Here is the official team statement by Head Coach Mike Tomlin:
"Earlier today, Ben had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason. We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp. This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health."
It is unclear what exactly needed to be repaired in Roethlisberger's knee--it could be the result of years of wear and tear playing a sport known for such things--but the 10 year veteran did miss several weeks in the middle of the 2005 season after having surgery on that same right knee to repair damage that was the result of an injury he sustained in a Week 1 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.
With just under two months until the start of training camp, it'll be interesting to see just how "minor" the surgery actually was, and if it will hinder No. 7's play come the start of the season.
It turns out the surgery was done to repair some meniscus damage (he had the same surgery in his left knee seven years ago).
The timetable for a full recovery is 4-6 weeks.