INDIANAPOLIS (KDKA)– General Manager Kevin Colbert thinks that this could be a very special football season for his staring quarterback.

“Kevin Colbert at the podium at #NFLCombine @KDKA”

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Colbert said Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of 2019 with a major elbow injury that required surgery and months of recovery time, could very well be better off for it in 2020.

“Kevin Colbert at the podium at NFL combine, talking about No. 7. “I’m not worried about the surgery because it might be a better result. The possibility is real he could be a better football player coming out of this surgery. I’m encouraged and excited where he can go.”

Colbert said Big Ben is itching to get back to the game he loves and it very encouraged by the recovery process so far.

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“GM Kevin Colbert addresses the media at the #NFLCombine in Indianapolis.”

“Colbert on Ben: “We want to have Ben ready for game 1, whenever that is. A guy like Ben, you might have to hold him back if he’s a little too aggressive. That’s something the docs will figure out.”

Roethlisberger was seen throwing a football for the first time over the weekend via social media.

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Earlier this month, head coach Mike Tomlin was very optimistic as well about Ben’s recovery and 2020 outlook.