Ben Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this morning and the Steelers can only hope it has the same results as the last time their quarterback had similar knee surgery.
Dr. James Bradley performed minor surgery on the knee to snip some loose or frayed cartilage that was causing Roethlisberger some discomfort. He is expected to be ready to go for training camp, but will miss the final spring practice Thursday and next week's minicamp practices.
Bradley performed similar surgery on Roethlisberger's left knee after it was injured in a game at San Diego on Oct. 10, 2005. Roethlisberger missed just one game and returned the following week to start and help lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory that season.
A source close to the team said Bradley found Roethlisberger's right knee to be otherwise healthy during the surgery which he called "encouraging."
"The scare is that when you go in, you discover it's worse," the source said. "His is not; it's very, very healthy and encouraging on that regard."
Mike Tomlin said the surgery "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," Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger had been at every spring practice until today.
Last year, there was a decision to allow linebacker James Harrison to play through similar knee discomfort but ultimately he had surgery in August during training camp and missed the first three games as a result.
"Doc Bradley felt let's get this done now because there's plenty of time for it to heal and feel great by training camp," the source said.
First Published June 5, 2013 5:30 PM