Ben Roethlisberger Had Successful Surgery, Steelers Say
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent surgery on his right, throwing elbow in Los Angeles on Monday, the team said in a press release.
Early indications from the club are that the surgery was a success.
“Ben Roethlisberger had successful surgery on his right elbow on Monday in Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic,” team spokesperson Burt Lauten said a press release. “Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure in consultation with Steelers team physician Jim Bradley, who began his career at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.
“Once Ben returns to Pittsburgh, he immediately will begin working with the Steelers’ medical staff on his rehabilitation, and he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the field for the 2020 NFL season.”
The team has not officially announced what type of surgery Roethlisberger is having on his elbow.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Roethlisberger will not need Tommy John surgery, an extensive ligament-replacement surgery more notably performed on baseball pitchers.
The 37-year-old said in a statement after his injury that he expects to return ready to play in the 2020 season.
Roethlisberger will be replaced for the rest of the season by second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph, who made his first career start in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.