Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says right knee “feels great”
"It feels great. I was excited to get back here,” Roethlisberger told Solomon Wilcots on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." “Took a big break after the surgery, took a couple weeks off, and I did that on purpose so I could have time to rest."
Roethlisberger said that he took a head-start with his workout program this offseason. He’s currently focused on “getting back to playing good football” after a season in which the Steelers posted an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs.
Tomlin initially stated over the weekend, that he was confident quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be able to continue practiced during training camp, despite experiencing discomfort in his knee, since his position does not demand a great deal of running. But due to Roethlisberger undergoing surgery on that knee in early June, Tomlin’s comment quickly turned around to raise a few injury concerns regarding the quarterback.
The 31-year-old Ben Roethlisberger also put to rest the rumors of any perceived frustrations between him and second-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley, revealing that his relationship with Haley has developed since last season.
“And I'm not just saying that. Last year obviously had its growing pains; it is what it is. And it's more than just him and I,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review over the weekend. “It was him and other coaches, him and other players, but obviously people are going to talk about the quarterback and the coordinator more. “
“People blew up the hatred thing or the butting heads, there was none of that. It was like any coordinator, quarterback and head coach, there's always going to be issues,” Roethlisberger added. “I had them with BA (Bruce Arians) and coach Whis (Ken Whisenhunt). I think they got blown up.”
“But I think so far this year it's been really good. We've been able to talk, to communicate, and I see a relationship really kind of coming together."
Roethlisberger said now the two are in agreement on the offense that combines "the best of all of us ... what we can do together."
The departure of Mike Wallace to Miami this offseason and the uncertainty over Heath Miller’s return from a serious knee injury may be one of the many issues on the offense, but at least there don’t seem to be any long term concerns regarding the player who runs the Steelers’ offense.