Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger anxious for contact in practice
After a disappointing 2019 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to bounce back in 2020. Head coach Mike Tomlin had one of the toughest coaching jobs in the league last year. Although partly because his veteran quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion, Ben Roethlisberger, was out with an injury.
In 2020, Roethlisberger will be back under center for the Steelers and hoping to be pain-free to start the season. Roethlisberger has slimmed down and enjoyed his time away from football, but is anxious to get back to work and most importantly, get hit a few times to get used to being hit again, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.
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The elbow injury that ended his 2019 NFL season has been a concern for him as he gets back on the field for the Steelers. Roethlisberger keeps waiting for the injury to flare up while he’s throwing passes to his teammates, but he remains pain-free for the time being, via Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports.
“I keep waiting for that day, or the next day after a practice, where I’m like, ‘Oh, there’s that pain I’m used to or there’s that discomfort,’” Roethlisberger said. “When there’s something you’ve been dealing [with] for a long time, you get used to it.”
Whether Roethlisberger can remain injury and pain-free during the 2020 campaign remains to be seen. However the fact he hasn’t had any setbacks thus far is a promising sign for Pittsburgh. The Steelers could be a threat in the AFC once again if the future Hall of Famer stays on course. He will have to resume producing at a high level once the season gets underway next month.