Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger at practice, doing individual drills

The Pittsburgh Steelers do have QB Ben Roethlisberger back at practice, fresh off of surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He didn’t work out with the team, thought, choosing instead to do work on his own. He said:

“I went out today…and I went through some individual work.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers will face the Ravens on November 6th, and he was asked if he’d be ready to go by that game. He said:

“I’m always going to be hopeful and do everything I can…to make sure that I get myself as prepared as I can be to go out there. Obviously, it’s AFC North football, so I want to do everything I can to be out there with my guys.”

He was asked how important the practice sessions would be going forward and if he’d really need them to be ready to play, and he noted that:

“Typically I would say no, but it would be nice because I need to know what I can and can’t do. Mentally, no, I don’t need it. But physically, just to know what I’m capable of doing…I think in this situation it would smart to get a good, full practice in.”

The knee that Roethlisberger had surgery on is the left one, but his right is also injured. He says that Dolphins DL Ndamukong Suh kicked him. When asked about that knee, he said:

“When it happened, I knew it was something funny happened. It just didn’t feel like a natural thing. When I stepped up in the pocket, I felt something hit my knee harder than something has ever hit my knee before…It felt so weird to me that I was like, ‘Someone just tried to trip me I think,’ but obviously only he knows that and obviously the league didn’t think he did.”

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