(PITTSBURGH) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent minor surgery on Wednesday to deal with discomfort in his right knee.
“This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said.
According to sources, doctors operated on Roethlisberger’s right meniscus. It is the same procedure that was performed on his left knee back in 2005. Roethlisberger could have played through his current injury, but team doctors urged him to get his knee repaired.
The 31-year-old Roethlisberger will miss next week’s minicamp but is expected to be ready when training camp starts in July.
The Steelers went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs. Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner and will look to right the ship upon his return to action.
Pittsburgh native and free agent acquisition Bruce Gradowski will work with the first team in Roethlisberger’s absence.
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