Ben Roethlisberger had surgery on his right knee Wednesday but will be back on the field for the start of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp next month.
The surgery performed by Dr. James Bradley was to trim damaged cartilage that was causing discomfort and is the same procedure -- by the same surgeon -- Roethlisberger had seven years ago on his left knee. He emerged from that surgery without setbacks.
The 31-year-old quarterback said two weeks ago that he was finally fully healthy after enduring a painful and complicated rib and shoulder injury last season. He missed three games, marking the fourth consecutive season Roethlisberger missed at least one start.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said the surgery was "minor" and caused by discomfort that crept up in the offseason.
"We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp," Tomlin said. "This surgery will have no long-term effects on his healthy."
Tomlin said timing was everything, perhaps learning a lesson from letting linebacker James Harrison play through a similar issue before he had to be shutdown in training camp and missed three games.
"We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp," Tomlin said.