Big Ben says his broken foot has healed nicely

If the NFL lockout has brought any good to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s given Ben Roethlisberger time to heal up.

The quarterback was playing on a broken right foot last season, one “where I didn’t feel like I’d be able to walk” during some games and practices.

Surgery could eventually be required for Roethlisberger, but at this point he’s OK. He told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he considered the option last season.

“I could have had surgery, but according to the doctors it would have been a really nasty process because of where the break was. It was better off trying not to do anything," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be something where we're just going to have to, in essence, play it by ear. If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I'm going to probably have to have the surgery.”

The injury happened in a game against the Buffalo Bills in November. He had a cleat fitted with two metal plates for the remainder of the season. Now, he says he’s about back to normal but admitted he isn’t planting and cutting on the foot.

Hopefully, the foot will not be an issue as the Steelers set out to try and return to the Super Bowl.

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