Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is recovering from elbow surgery last September. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY 

After missing most of the 2019 season following elbow surgery last September, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is now “throwing without pain.”

It’s a huge development for the veteran QB, who shared an update on his rehabilitation efforts with Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger, 38, said he’s confident he will be able to come back and play well, and that he’s throwing pain-free for the first time “in years.”

“I have no doubts I’m going to be able to come back and play well — none,” Roethlisberger said to Cook. “I have complete confidence in that. I’m throwing without pain for the first time in years. Some games, I would have a little pain. Some games, I would have a lot of pain. But in the New England game and the Seattle game (last season), it got to be too much. To be able to throw without pain now? That feels nice. That’s a nice feeling. I know I’m not getting any younger, but I feel younger because I don’t have any pain.”

Recently, Roethlisberger started throwing footballs for the first time since his surgery last September. Clearly, his recovery is going extremely well based on his comments.

This is big news for the Steelers, who have a championship-caliber defense and could be one of the best teams in the NFL once again in 2020 if Big Ben can stay healthy. 

At this point, Roethlisberger is still not cleared to practice, but that next step appears to be coming soon enough.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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While many quarterbacks threw passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the years, this quiz only lists the quarterbacks who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. 

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1933
Tony Holm
1934
Warren Heller
1935
Johnny Gildea
1936
Ed Matesic
1937
Max Fiske
1938
Whizzer White
1939
Hugh McCullough
1940
Billy Patterson
1941
Boyd Brumbaugh
1942
Bill Dudley
1945
Buss Warren
1946
Bill Dudley
1947
Johnny Clement
1948
Ray Evans
1949-1950
Joe Geri
1951
Chuck Ortmann
1952-1955
Jim Finks
1956
Ted Marchibroda
1957
Earl Morrall
1958-1960
Bobby Layne
1961
Rudy Bukich
1962
Bobby Layne
1963-1964
Ed Brown
1965
Bill Nelsen
1966
Ron Smith
1967
Kent Nix
1968-1969
Dick Shiner
1970-1973
Terry Bradshaw
1974
Joe Gilliam
1975-1982
Terry Bradshaw
1983
Cliff Stoudt
1984-1987
Mark Malone
1988-1990
Bubby Brister
1991-1995
Neil O'Donnell
1996
Mike Tomczak
1997-1998
Kordell Stewart
1999
Mike Tomczak
2000-2001
Kordell Stewart
2002-2003
Tommy Maddox
2004-2018
Ben Roethlisberger
2019
Mason Rudolph

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