The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent right knee surgery on Wednesday.
Roethlisberger had been experiencing discomfort in the knee during the offseason. The team decided it would be best to be proactive and suggested that he get the procedure done sooner rather than later.
“We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released on the team’s website. “This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health.”
The veteran quarterback is entering his 10th season in the NFL. The 31-year-old Roethlisberger has not played a full season since 2008. It was the only year of his career in which he didn’t missed a start.
Roethlisberger appeared in 13 games last season throwing for 3,265 yards and 26 touchdowns.