Ben Roethlisberger worked out on Monday and on Tuesday morning said "My arm feels really good. I threw a lot of balls yesterday.” When asked about waking up the next morning he said “it feels great.” He also disclosed that he tore three flexor tendons off the bone which is what required the elbow surgery. (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)
At 38-years-old, Roethlisberger's return has been watched closely by fans and experts. There was a lot of uncertainty as to whether he would make a comeback at all after opting for elbow surgery last fall. After almost a year off though, Roethlisberger is saying that he is throwing pain-free and appears to have made a full recovery. In 2018 (Roethlisberger's last full season) he threw for a league-high 5,129 yards on a whopping 675 attempts (fourth most of all-time). He'll have some adjustments this season as he'll be without superstar Antonio Brown for the first time since 2010, but a developing corps of Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Diontae Johnson should benefit from having the gunslinger veteran back under center.