It appears the torn meniscus that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered in the team’s 30-15 loss to the Dolphins in Week 6 will only end up costing him one start. Barring a setback, Roethlisberger is on track to reclaim his place in the Steelers’ lineup Sunday against the Ravens, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
After Roethlisberger and backup Landry Jones shared snaps in practice Thursday, offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the former “looked good out there.” That’s obviously welcome news for the Steelers, who were confident Roethlisberger wouldn’t miss much time after he underwent surgery Oct. 17. The 34-year-old had already tossed 16 touchdowns against six interceptions when he succumbed to injury, also completing over 64 percent of his passes for 1,685 yards.
In the Steelers’ one full game without Roethlisberger, a 27-16 defeat to the Patriots on Oct. 23, Jones completed 29 of 47 passes for 281 yards, a touchdown and an pick in place of the four-time Pro Bowler. The Steelers then had a bye last week. Their upcoming opponent, AFC North rival Baltimore, has lost four straight after beginning the year 3-0. The Steelers are also slumping, having followed a 4-1 start with back-to-back losses, but the return of Roethlisberger bodes well for their chances of picking up win No. 5.
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