As the injuries, procedures, and surgeries continue to pile up for Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, just how much can his body take?
At 31, he fully recovered from minor surgery on his right knee, but it’s the same surgery he had in 2005 on his left knee.
Over the last several years Roethlisberger has suffered numerous injuries, from a cracked rib that could have punctured his aorta, to a sprained ankle that cost him a number of games. Backup’s Byron Leftwhich and Charlie Batch are gone and Bruce Gradkowski and rookie Landry Jones are the replacements.
Oklahoma quarterback, Landry Jones, is named after Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry and is the highest quarterback selected by Pittsburgh since it grabbed Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 draft.
Jones passed for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns as he started 50 of 52 games for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Despite the lofty college numbers, Jones almost played his way off the Steelers roster during the preseason.
Odds are Jones won’t see the field unless a complete disaster in 2013, but with Big Ben’s history of injuries it leaves Brad Gradkowski as the man in charge.