Bottom line: Expect him to be ready to play at the start of the season. His injury details aren’t public so it’s unclear how it will impact his performance, but he has been progressing according to plan.
Injury: Right elbow
Date of Injury: 9/15/19
Date of Surgery: 9/23/19
Analysis in Detail:
Return to Play
Limited information is available on Roethlisberger’s injury, but reportedly he did not undergo Tommy John surgery, which requires significant time before returning to sport. Based on descriptions of his symptoms and treatment, he may have had a tendon rupture that was repaired or medial epicondylitis (irritation of elbow tendons) that was treated with a surgical cleanup. In either case, recovery time is less than that of Tommy John, and all reports indicate that Roethlisberger is planning to be ready for the start of the season.
Without knowing his injury details, we can’t say for sure how it will impact his performance. However, he reports improvement in his pre-injury pain level, which suggests that he will have the capability to return to pre-injury level of play.
If his problem was related to tendon rupture or irritation, it is unlikely to be a recurrent issue after surgical treatment. He does have an extensive injury history, but there is no specific reason to doubt his current health.
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