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"All signs are good at this point" on Big Ben's recovery

2/13/2020 1:25:10 PM
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When asked about Ben Roethlisberger's elbow recovery, Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert replied, "All signs are good at this point" according to Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports.

Big Ben's recovery appears to be on track, but the team will have a much clearer idea of his health after his "significant" checkup on February 21. The medical staff should know how realistic a full recovery is and when it is realistic to have their franchise QB back on the field.  Colbert even indicated that Roethlisberger could be in better shape than he was to start the 2019 season.  The Steelers would like to go with Roethlisberger as their starter for at least one more season.  The veteran turns 38 years old in September.

It would surprise no one, however, if the team drafts another quarterback in Day 2 of the draft this April-and it is possible they could either move up to the first round or roll the dice with one of the many free agent QBs likely on the market if the medical news on Big Ben is not good or he goes into one of his "I might retire" ruminations.    Mason Rudolph proved conclusively last season that he is not the Steelers' quarterback of the future and Devlin "Duck" Hodges is also not a realistic candidate.  

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