Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had "minor surgery" on his right knee Wednesday, the team announced in a statement from coach Mike Tomlin.
"Earlier today, Ben had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason. We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp. This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health."
Roethlisberger has dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout his career. He has started all 16 games just once, in 2008. Last season, Roethlisberger missed three games with a sprained throwing shoulder and a dislocated rib.
He returned from his injuries for the final stretch, but Pittsburgh went only 1-3 in those games. Earlier this offseason, Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette that the injuries hurt his confidence. "Sometimes, certain passes just weren't right," Roethlisberger told Bouchette. "I didn't trust myself to get enough zip on it to throw it out there. I tried to guide it too much instead of just throw it. But that's making excuses ... I'll be better, health-wise."