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Steelers GM: Rehabbing Massive Ben not on the finish

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  • Brooke PryorESPN Workers Author

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    • Beforehand lined the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for the Kansas Metropolis Star and Oklahoma College for the Oklahoman.

PITTSBURGH — Steelers common supervisor Kevin Colbert is optimistic that Ben Roethlisberger‘s rehab goes in the precise path and stated he does not suppose the veteran quarterback “is on the finish of the highway.”

Roethlisberger, who will flip 38 subsequent month, had surgical procedure on Sept. 23 to restore a season-ending elbow damage he suffered in Week 2. Colbert would neither verify nor deny that Roethlisberger had Tommy John surgical procedure, however stated he stays on observe in his rehab and has a checkup in Los Angeles on Feb. 21.

“All indicators are good at this level, and the place that goes, we’re hopeful he could make a whole restoration,” Colbert stated. “As of proper now, he is on schedule for that. The place it goes from right here stays to be seen.”

Roethlisberger is the final remaining quarterback drafted in 2004 who’s along with his longtime workforce, after Eli Manning‘s retirement and Philip Rivers‘ departure from the Chargers. Colbert believes Roethlisberger, a two-time Tremendous Bowl champion, remains to be a beneficial asset.

“He had an damage to his proper arm, however aside from that, he is comparatively wholesome,” Colbert stated. “We’re not minimizing the right-arm damage to a right-arm quarterback, however we do not suppose he is on the finish of the highway.”

With out Roethlisberger for many of final season, the Steelers needed to depend on a pair of younger, unproven backups, Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, to take the reins. The workforce went 8-6 on their watch and completed simply outdoors the playoffs at 8-8.

The margin for error shrunk with Rudolph and Hodges beginning, inserting extra of a burden on the Steelers’ protection. Nonetheless, Colbert stated the workforce is snug going into coaching camp with that pair and Paxton Lynch — a former first-round decide who initially joined the observe squad earlier than being elevated to the energetic roster — as Roethlisberger’s backups.

“Optimistically, [Roethlisberger] is on schedule to return and we hope to return to possibly even a greater Ben Roethlisberger than he was earlier to the damage,” Colbert stated. “Within the meantime, we perceive who our backups are. We’re snug with who these backups are. I assumed they did an important representable job in 2019 underneath the circumstances.”

Regardless of lacking the postseason for the second yr in a row, Colbert is optimistic concerning the path of his workforce.

“We’re all disenchanted at 8-8,” he stated, “however I really feel higher transferring into 2020 than I did transferring into 2019 coming off of 9-6-1.”

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