Ben Roethlisberger says it will be 2-3 months before he’s cleared

By Vincent Frank
Nov 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return for at least some of the team’s off-season program after missing the final 14 games of the 2019 campaign with an elbow injury.

Big Ben just recently started to throw the football again. It was a pretty big milestone in his recovery, as the future Hall of Famer looks to return from the devastating UCL injury.

Though, it might be time for those expecting a quick return to the field to take a step back.

Roethlisberger had a doctor visit on Friday. He noted that it went good, but the quarterback won’t be fully cleared for another two-to-three months.

The three-month timeline would put Roethlisberger on pace to return in late May. That does seem to be great news in the grand scheme of things.

For the Steelers, it’s still going to be important that they add a viable backup to Big Ben this offseason. Neither Mason Rudolph nor Devlin Hodges cut it last season.

At the very least, Roethlisberger will be ready long before Week 1.