Roethlisberger played only two games last season and seems to be back on track in his recovery from surgery.
“That might be the easiest question to answer,” Fichtner said, according to the team’s official website. “Normal now becomes Ben Roethlisberger back in the huddle. He’s paired up with Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and some of those guys up front. That just gives you the normalcy. That will be normal. That’s what we’re used to. Just getting back to normal will be looking at a group of mostly experienced players and being excited about what this journey, this season, is going to bring.”
COVID-19 has forced almost everything to change, especially practices.
“We’ll have to take advantage of those game situations we can present for him against our defense,” Fichtner said of practice sessions. “Naturally, the first thing is we have to get a feel for where he is, and his arm will tell us. It’s not unusual for us to work him a day, then work him a half-day, then get him a day’s rest, and he knows that routine. It’s going to be a little bit different kind of camp, and so I think we’ll have to play that by ear (in terms of) how he feels and how much he wants, because there are going to be times when he wants it all, and we’re going to have to back him off. That’s a good thing.”