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NFL news roundup: Ben Roethlisberger had minor surgery; Ravens visited White House

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Ben Roethlisberger had knee surgery, the Baltimore Ravens visited the White House and a few other things happened as we round up what you may have missed on Wednesday.

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The biggest news item of the day was that Ben Roethlisberger elected to have a minor surgery on his knee due to some slight discomfort he's been feeling in the offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers' star is expected to be ready for training camp since he decided to have surgery right away, leading our Steelers' blog to wonder why Jerome Harrison wasn't as proactive when he had a similar issue.

Here's what else happened on Wednesday:

Baltimore Ravens visited the White House

The Ravens were President Barack Obama's special guests on Wednesday afternoon, cashing in on their Super Bowl win with a trip to Washington, D.C. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were both in attendance, but not all of the former Ravens decided to take Obama up on his invitation, as Anquan Boldin and Bernard Pollard were among the more notable absentee Ravens.

There wasn't expected to be a ton of news coming out of the visit, but Reed -- now with the Houston Texans -- did hint that he might not be healthy enough to play his old team when the Texans face them in Week 3 of the regular season.

Dallas Cowboys draft board leaked again; Jerry Jones didn't care

The Dallas Cowboys had their rankings leaked once again following this year's NFL Draft as SB Nation's Blogging The Boys was able to reconstruct their draft board thanks to some video shots and the like that were recently released. That apparently isn't a worry of owner Jerry Jones, however, as he said the sharing of that information after the fact "doesn't impact" the Cowboys.

Jason Pierre-Paul could miss season-opener after back surgery

The New York Giants could be missing an important piece of their defense when they start the 2013 NFL season. Pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul underwent "successful" back surgery, but the defensive end will be out at least 12 weeks -- putting his status for the season-opener in doubt.

Atlanta Falcons lineman not quite as big as reported, maybe

Fans of the Atlanta Falcons have been keeping a close eye on offensive lineman Phillipkeith Manley because there were reports that the offensive guard ballooned up to 380 pounds. Dave Choate at The Falcoholic doesn't believe that's the case, however, opining he's much closer to the 310 pounds he ended last season at after close examination of some pictures of Manley bowling (seriously).

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