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Ben Roethlisberger undergoes right elbow surgery, says he will resume playing career in 2020

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It doesn’t appear that Big Ben is riding off into the sunset just yet.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have confirmed that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent successful surgery on his injured right elbow. Despite his age and the questions surrounding his football future, he remains determined to keep playing and is aiming to return to the team next season.

“Once Ben returns to Pittsburgh, he immediately will begin working with the Steelers’ medical staff on his rehabilitation, and he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the field for the 2020 NFL season.” said Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten.

Roethlisberger sustained the season-ending injury during the team’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.

This marks the first time in his 16-year career that he has failed to play at least 12 games in a single season.

To go along with six Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl titles, the 36-year old has compiled 4,651 pass completions, 56,545 passing yards, 382 touchdowns and 191 interceptions over a span of 218 career games.

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Former NFL star Chad Johnson admits he took viagra prior to games to boost his performance

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Longtime Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson had himself quite the career. From 2001-2011, he recorded 766 receptions for 11,059 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. He was also a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First-team All-Pro, and was a one-time NFL receiving yards leader (2006).

What does he attribute the success too? Well mostly hard work. But he did admit an unexpected medication helped him on the field.

“I took viagra before every game & people thought they’d stop me, if my stat line was bad i wasn’t covered, the pass was just incomplete” Johnson posted through his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

When his followers questioned the validity of that story, he doubled down.

“No it wasn’t a joke, I really took viagra before games, the increase in blood flow made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes.” 

He did it to maximize his performance, and get around the league’s performance enhancing drugs at the time.

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Chargers ink Joey Bosa to record-setting contract extension

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Joey Bosa is now a rich man.

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed the star defensive lineman to a lucrative five-year, $135 million contract extension that includes $102 million of guaranteed money, which is an NFL record for a defensive player.

The 25-year-old, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, was initially selected third overall by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Through four seasons and 51 combined games, Bosa has amassed 201 combined tackles, 40 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is also a two-time Pro Bowler, and a recipient of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2016.

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Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower opts out of 2020 NFL season

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With the NFL season quickly approaching, players are going to have to make a decision on whether they want to risk their health and take the field during the coronavirus pandemic. Well Dont’a Hightower has already made up his mind.

The veteran Patriots linebacker announced that he will not participate in the 2020 NFL season. He had just welcomed a baby boy to the world on July 16th, and with the lack of healthy & safety measures implemented by the league, he wasn’t willing to take the chance and risk infecting his family.

“Me and my fiancée are just more concerned with the health of our family than football — especially the new addition to our family,” said Hightower.

Hightower, who was scheduled to make $8 million this season, becomes the fifth Patriots player to opt out of the 2020 campaign.

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