Big Ben Throwing Again, Expected To Be Ready For Season-Opener

Published: 6:11pm, May 19, 2020 EDT | Updated: 6:17pm, May 19, 2020 EDT

Written by Bosun

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be a man of his word.

The two-time Super Bowl champion, who missed most of last season with an injury, had vowed not to cut his hair or shave until he could throw the ball to his teammates.

On Monday, Roethlisberger posted a short video of his vow, followed by a compilation of throws to running back James Conner and wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer on a field. The video then cuts to Roethlisberger in a barber’s chair getting his hair and beard trimmed.

Even though the Steelers haven’t provided updates on Roethlisberger's status, head coach Mike Tomlin told fans during a conference call that the quarterback's rehab is progressing as scheduled.

"He's doing great thus far," Tomlin said last week. "He's in great physical condition. Rehabilitation in regard to the injury itself is going well. I hear nothing but positive reports from that standpoint. There have been no bumps in the road."

Roethlisberger looked good throwing the ball, but the fact that he hasn’t played a game in a while means he is not currently in football shape. With NFL offseason programs being conducted virtually because of the coronavirus, it might take a while for Roethlisberger to get back in football shape.

After a disappointing 8-8 finish last season, Steelers fans will be happy to have the future Hall of Famer back under center next season.

With Roethlisberger back in the lineup, the Steelers will once again be considered Super Bowl contenders in the AFC. However, he will need Smith-Schuster and Conner to bounce back from their disappointing 2019 campaign if they want to keep up with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.

While the Steelers and their fans were happy to see Roethlisberger throwing again, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wasn’t happy that the veteran quarterback went to a barbershop in a county where barbershops and salons haven’t been given permission to reopen.

"My concern is just a general concern," Wolf said Tuesday. "Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm's way is something that I think we have to try to avoid. When you go to something like a barbershop and you're not protected, I don't care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases.

"I don't personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don't want to take that chance myself."