The extended rest during the lockout has allowed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s broken right foot from last season to “almost fully heal”, but surgery on the appendage may be necessary in the future, reports Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“I could have had surgery, but according to the doctors it would have been a really nasty process because of where the break was. It was better off trying not to do anything,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s going to be something where we’re just going to have to, in essence, play it by ear. If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I’m going to probably have to have the surgery.
“It’s doing really good. It’s healed up. Obviously, it helps when I’m not cutting and planting and doing all of these different activities. It’s really come a long way. I haven’t had too many problems with it recently.”
Roethlisberger injured his foot during the first quarter of the Steelers’ 19-16 overtime win over the Bills. Roethlisberger remained in the game, completing 20-of-33 passes for 246 yards in a game he was sacked five times.