Steelers Get Great News on Ben Roethlisberger Injury Update

Pittsburgh Steelers get great news on Ben Roethlisberger's injury update.
Pittsburgh Steelers get great news on Ben Roethlisberger's injury update. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Ben Roethlisberger didn't look like himself last year. The Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback struggled while working his way back from an elbow injury that ended his 2019 campaign after just two games. It was a gruesome one to boot, as the tendons in his elbow were completely torn off the bone.

But team officials reportedly believe that Roethlisberger's elbow could be much stronger in 2021. Hopefully that means the Steelers' QB can look a bit more like his old self next season.

Ben Roethlisberger Injury Update

To account for Roethlisberger's weaker arm, the Steelers completely shifted their offensive approach. Roethlisberger had the league's shortest time to throw last year, releasing the ball in an average of 2.30 seconds.

Roethlisberger's average depth of target (aDOT) also plummeted to 7.4 yards, per ProFootballFocus. In comparison, his aDOT in 2018 was 8.1 yards, and it was 9.8 back in 2017.

His quick, check-down style led to a statistical decline across the board. His 6.3 yards per attempt was the worst mark of his career, save for that injury-shortened 2019 campaign. And Roethlisberger's 9.5 yards per completion was his worst by a significant margin, as he had never finished below 11.3 in a healthy season.

If his elbow really is stronger next year, perhaps Roethlisberger can return to form in 2021.

The potential for a bounce-back year from Big Ben makes Pittsburgh a team to watch in 2021. FanDuel Sportsbook has given the team +440 odds to win the AFC North next season.

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