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  • Roethlisberger Puts the Brakes on Thoughts on a Fast Return from Surgery

    Ben Roethlisberger

    It sounds like before Steelers fans should not get too excited about a quick return for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the thought of him missing just one game may be a little far fetched.

    Jeremy Fowler of ESPN wrote this morning that Big Ben told the Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook that the injury and surgery that took place Monday was a lot more than just a ‘simple’ meniscus tear.

    Here’s what Fowler stated about the injury situation.

    Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook that the doctors said his “knee looked good” but had buildup from last season’s bone bruise, jeopardizing his chances to return for Week 9 against Baltimore. “But there’s no way to put an exact timetable on it,” he said. “It depends on my pain and how I feel.”

    After the Baltimore game, the Steelers have two road games in the course of five days, as the following Sunday they play at Cleveland against the currently winless Browns, and then on Thursday that week they will play at Indianapolis on Thanksgiving.

    Maybe a more realistic thought for Ben is to be back by the time we’re all eating turkey on Thanksgiving. As the quote says, it’s all about how Ben feels and how much pain he can handle.

  • Roethlisberger and Heyward Ruled Out for Sunday Against Patriots

    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

    With a home game looming against the 5-1 Patriots on Sunday, today coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media, and as expected ruled out already two key players for their contest against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and company.

    The two players out for sure Sunday are quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Cam Heyward, two players that the team will very much miss.

    Roethlisberger underwent outpatient surgery on the meniscus in his left knee Monday, and depending on how quickly he can recover will determine the amount of games he will miss.

    The Steelers have the Patriots at home Sunday, then will have the bye week before three straight road games – at Baltimore, at Cleveland and at the Colts on Thanksgiving night.

    Other players who have missed games in recent weeks have a chance to play, Tomlin said. Those players include right tackle Marcus Gilbert, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier and receiver Markus Wheaton.

    None of them played in Sunday’s 15-point setback to the Dolphins down in Miami.

  • Could Ben Roethlisberger Miss Just One Game Following Knee Surgery?


    If there’s one thing we know about Ben Roethlisberger, it’s that he’s one tough guy who seems to recover quicker than others.

    Sunday’s injury in Miami was like a roller coaster. It started with him on the sideline and the team not knowing if he could come back in or not. Then, just like that, he was back in the game – not playing well mind you – but at least he was back in the game.

    Than late last night, Steeler Nation was turned upside down when Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette reported that Ben would have surgery today on a torn meniscus in his knee.

    The immediate thought was that the sky was falling, the season was over, and that another season that had so much potential was going to be thrown away.

    But as usual, especially when it comes to Roethlisberger, there’s a lot more to the story than it seems.

    The good news is that the team has a bye after this week’s home game against the big bad New England Patriots, a team that will come to Heinz Field smelling blood with Tom Brady back and the Steelers a wounded animal without their starting quarterback.

    Then comes that all important bye, a rest period for the team, and also a time where Ben may have enough time to…gulp…recover enough to be back for the road game the week after the bye against the Baltimore Ravens.

    The news of a quicker recovery than first thought was broken by Adam Schefter, who stated the following last night about the matter.

    Doctors expect it to be a clean up of Ben Roethlisberger’s meniscus, not a full repair, per source. Quicker recovery.

    And knowing Ben and how fast he’s been able to bounce back in the past, there’s no question that this sounds like great news moving forward.

    So have hope Steelers fans, #7 could be back on the field in three weeks for the Ravens, and if not, it doesn’t look like it will be much longer than that before we see him back out there trying to get this team to a Super Bowl.

  • Report: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Has Torn Meniscus in Knee; To Have Surgery

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Miami Dolphins

    While it’s not a season ending injury, the news tonight on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not good.

    Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Big Ben has a torn meniscus in left knee, and will have surgery to repair the damage on Monday morning.

    The time frame for recovery for the surgery varies, but the Cleveland Clinic website states the following about the recovery for such a surgery:

    Following surgery, there is a recovery time of up to two weeks to allow time for frequent physical therapy and appropriate treating of the knee to ensure a quick return to normal activity. As part of physical therapy, patients will be taught exercises, in addition to having guided therapy. Patients will continue to receive physical therapy three times per week after they are discharged from the hospital. The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the patient’s condition and recovery progress. If a meniscal repair is done, the recovery time and rehabilitation period may be extended – up to six weeks in a knee brace or with crutches.

    Last season Roethlisberger missed four games after suffering a sprained MCL and a bone bruise in a win early in the season in St.Louis, and then was injured again later in the season against the Oakland Raiders, but didn’t even miss a game as he came in after Landry Jones was injured and set a record for most yards thrown in a game for a QB that didn’t start the game with 375 yards.

    Back in 2005 Roethlisberger missed four games due to various knee injuries after he took a shot during a Monday night game in San Diego against the Chargers. That season he missed one game, and then three more later in the season.

    The outlook if he’s going to miss four to six weeks looks like this for the Steelers

    October 23rd vs New England
    October 30th BYE WEEK
    November 6th at Baltimore
    November 13th vs Dallas
    November 20th at Cleveland
    November 24th at Indianapolis (Thanksgiving)

    So the thought if it’s four weeks is for him to be back for the Cleveland game on the road on November 20th, or if it’s longer he may make it back for Thanksgiving night.

    No matter when, the bottom line is the team has to get Landry Jones ready to be the starter, and likely will look to have Zach Mettenberger ready to go as his backup starting Sunday against the dangerous Patriots.

  • Steelers Vised in Miami by Dolphins; Fall to 4-2 Following 30-15 Beating

    Pittsburgh Steelers v Miami Dolphins

    The Steelers latest effort in South Florida was much like the one three weeks back in their last road game in Philadelphia – a game that ended the same way – with a loss.

    Inability to stop the run, an awful game on offense, and an injury to their franchise quarterback spelled doom on Sunday, as the Steelers dropped to 4-2 with a 30-15 loss to a Miami Dolphins team that had won just one game in five tries.

    Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee in the first half and while he missed some time he did return in the second half, but was mostly ineffective going 19-for-34 for 189 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

    The offense as a whole did little, scoring an early touchdown on a 60-yard reverse by Darrius Heyward-Bey and getting the two-point conversion, and then not scoring again until the game was basically out of reach with just a minute left in the game when Roethlisberger hit newly inked WR Cobi Hamilton with a 23-yard score.

    Not that it really mattered, but the Dolphins put the game away when Jay Ajayi raced 62 yards to end the terrible defensive effort by the black and gold.

    Without starters Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier, again the pass rush was nowhere to be found, and the run defense was the worst it’s been in a very long time.

    Ajayi ran through the Steelers for over 200 yards, ending the afternoon with 204 yards on 25 carries and the touchdown icing on the cake in the final minute.

    Missed tackles, and just out and out lazy tackling was the signature of the Steelers defense all afternoon. They didn’t do much better in the pass game against Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

    The often maligned quarterback was 24-for-32 for 252 yards and hit a couple downfield plays in the first half that wound up being big plays as the Dolphins rallied from down 8-3 to eventually take a 16-8 halftime lead.

    The Steelers run game against the worst run defense in the NFL never got going minus Heyward-Bey’s 60-yard run. Le’Veon Bell ran for just 53 yards on 10 carries, and DeAngelo Williams had just 10 yards on three carries.

    The week should be awfully interesting with the loss, combined with the injury to Ben’s knee, which will likely be shrugged off since he was able to return in the second half.

    The Steelers still have control of the AFC North, as the Bengals lost to the Patriots, and the Ravens fell in New York to the Giants.

    Next week the Steelers have a huge home game as they will play host to the Patriots at 4:25pm.


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