After undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faces a four-to-six week timetable for his return, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The new timetable is longer than the original estimate of a two-to-three week absence for the quarterback.
“Doc says my knee looked good, but there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis,”Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He said that might keep me out a little longer than just a simple meniscus tear. Maybe an extra week or so. But there’s no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel.”
Originally, there was optimism around the Steelers that Roethlisberger would only miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots and return after the team’s bye week to face the Baltimore Ravens. With the new prognosis, which includes 10 days of rehab at home away from the team, that seems unlikely.
In the interim, Landry Jones has been taking reps with the first team in practice and is scheduled to start against the Patriots on Sunday. In two career starts, both of which came in 2015, Jones is 19-for-33 with 232 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions. The Steelers are 1-1 in games started by Jones. Zach Mettenberger is listed as the team’s third-string quarterback and could get the nod if Jones continues the struggles that have plagued him throughout his young career.
At 4-2, the Steelers are currently in first-place in the AFC North division, so, with a playoff appearance potentially at stake, the team may not be overly patient with Jones if he does struggle in the starting role.