SUNDAY, 9:27am: Contrary to Mortensen’s report, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that while Roethlisberger has been ruled out for today’s game against the Patriots, he could be back to face Baltimore in Week 9 following Pittsburgh’s Week 8 bye. Indeed, team officials are optimistic he could face the Ravens and would be surprised if Roethlisberger missed more than two games, barring an unforeseen setback. The Steelers do not plan to work out additional quarterbacks or acquire a veteran, which suggests that they do expect Big Ben to return sooner rather than later.
WEDNESDAY, 10:38am: Ben Roethlisberger will be out for a little while longer than anticipated. The Steelers quarterback’s post-surgery outlook has shifted from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (Twitter link).
Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier this week. While Roethlisberger is out, the Steelers will turn to backup Landry Jones as their starter. Jones did alright in two games last season when he had to fill in for Big Ben, but the offense obviously won’t be the same without No. 7.
Roethlisberger, a future Hall of Famer, has thrown for 1,685 yards and a league-leading 16 touchdowns this season. The 34-year-old turned in 16-game seasons in 2013 and 14 but missed at least one in each of Pittsburgh’s previous four campaigns. Last year, knee and shoulder troubles cost him one-quarter of the regular season.
The Steelers take on the Patriots next week before entering a bye week. Then, they’ll face the Ravens, Cowboys, and Browns – likely without their star quarterback in the lineup.
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