Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has minor knee surgery

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent what coach Mike Tomlin called “minor” surgery on Wednesday to deal with lingering discomfort in his right knee.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss next week's minicamp after undergoing surgery, but he is expected to return when Pittsburgh opens training camp in July.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss next week's minicamp after undergoing surgery, but he is expected to return when Pittsburgh opens training camp in July.

The 31-year-old Roethlisberger, who will miss next week’s minicamp, is expected to return when Pittsburgh opens training camp in July.

“This surgery will have no long-term effects on his health,” Tomlin said.

Roethlisberger had been a full participant during organized team activities but was concerned enough about the knee that he brought it to the team’s attention. Advisers suggested he have the surgery now to give him a clean bill of health when the season begins.

RAVENS: President Obama played host to the Super Bowl champions at the White House on Wednesday for a ceremony on the South Lawn.

The president sported a purple tie as a nod to the team colors, and was given a team shirt that read “Mr. President,” with the No. 44.

The nation’s 44th chief executive arrived accompanied by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan says the team is not close to deciding on a starting quarterback and he won’t make that call until he feels “100 percent comfortable.”

Mark Sanchez, the incumbent trying to revive his career, and Geno Smith, the hotshot rookie, are competing for the job this off-season.

Ryan is content with letting it play out into training camp.

CARDINALS: Quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens underwent heart surgery and the team says his early prognosis is “positive.”

A team statement says Kitchens did not feel well and left Tuesday’s OTA practice. The team’s medical staff sent Kitchens to a hospital, where a CT scan revealed a defect in his aorta.


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