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Ben Roethlisberger Is Having Surgery

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will be out for a little while after he undergoes surgery this morning on a meniscus in his left knee. It could be worse for the 4-2, AFC North-leading Steelers: Roethlisberger’s recovery time should be measured in weeks instead of months.

Pittsburgh played poorly their 30-15 loss to Miami on Sunday, one of those periodic team-wide pants-poopings that the Steelers have from time-to-time. But the Roethlisberger’s play was a big part of that. He was 19 for 34 for 189 yards, with two interceptions and one TD. His injury has to have been a cause; he hyperextended his knee escaping this second-quarter sack attempt by DT Jordan Phillips:


Roethlisberger immediately went to the locker room until halftime, though he returned for the second half.

According to Adam Schefter, this is a relatively lower-impact clean-up surgery, not a full repair. There’s no official timetable for Roethlisberger’s return, but I’ve seen two-to-six weeks mentioned as a general guide for this sort of procedure. The Steelers face the Patriots next Sunday before heading into their bye week; Landry Jones will start.

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