Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert does not believe Ben Roethlisberger is "at the end of the road" amid doubts about the quarterback after an elbow injury.
Roethlisberger underwent surgery on his right elbow (pitch) in September and a full recovery and return for the 2020 NFL season was expected. There was speculation that he could retire, but Colbert said the 17th-year professional is on the right track in his rehabilitation.
"All the signs are good at the moment, and where we are going, we hope he can recover completely," said Colbert. "From now on, he's on schedule for that. Where he goes from here, it's yet to be seen.
"He suffered an injury to his right arm, but other than that, he is relatively healthy. We are not minimizing the injury to the right arm of a defender of the right arm, but we do not think he is at the end of the road."
Colbert added: "Optimistic, [Roethlisberger] is scheduled to return and we hope to return to Ben Roethlisberger, perhaps even better than before the injury.
"In the meantime, we understand who our backups are. We are comfortable with who these backups are. I thought they did a very good representable job in 2019, given the circumstances."
Roethlisberger injured his elbow in a 28-26 loss to the Seahawks in week 2. A week earlier, he was seen swinging his arm at various points during the first half of the team's opening game and even left for the locker room before returning to the locker room. the sideline to play with the injury.
In April, Pro Bowler, six times, signed a two-year contract extension with the Steelers until the 2021 season. He will turn 38 on March 2.
Since being chosen by the Steelers in 2004, Roethlisberger has played 218 games and completed 4,651 passes for 56,545 yards and 363 touchdowns.