Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger Could Need Surgery

Ben Roethlisberger played through part of last season in pain - we all know that. Now that he's had an opportunity to rest his broken foot, it's healing well and he hasn't needed surgery thus far. However, according to Ben, there's still a chance that surgery could be required:

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"I could have had surgery, but according to the doctors it would have been a really nasty process because of where the break was," Roethlisberger said. "It was better off trying not to do anything. It's going to be something where we're just going to have to, in essence, play it by ear.

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"If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I'm going to probably have to have the surgery."

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But he also says it's healing well with the long layoff:

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"It's doing really good. It's healed up," he said. "Obviously, it helps when I'm not cutting and planting and doing all of these different activities. It's really come a long way. I haven't had too many problems with it recently."

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Roethlisberger may not know for sure until he gets back on the field and tests it out in some actual practices. And while fans are hoping for an end to the NFL lockout, the more time Ben has off, the better it is for him.

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