After two months of non stop coverage and reputation suicide, Ben Roethlisberger went back to a place he could actually find solice: the football field. The team, the organization has been through a whirlwind of bad press and uncertainty. Roethlisberger went from household favorite, to a heel in the eyes of the league. His teammates will be without him for a minimum of 4 games, and a maximum of 6 in the upcoming season, that in itself is a let down on Ben’s part. Ben had a few teammates speak on his return.
“Honestly, I could see a lot of anxiety — a lot of it,” backup quarterback Dennis Dixon said. “But then again, once you get out there and play one play, it’s back to football.”
Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said Roethlisberger has been working hard and “wants to be great this year.”
According to Steelers beat writer Jim Wexell, Roethlisberger is in much better shape than he was a couple months ago, but his passing looks “rusty.”
Bryon Leftwich is the presumed starter in Roethlisberger’s place.