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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.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Dave B.

    October 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Whether hes out one game or three or four games Ben is not going to change who and what he is . Hes a gun slinger , plain and simple . Hes made a living in the NFL by trying to get the most out of every play he can . Hes paid a huge price for it as well . His body over the last twelve years has taken a beating as well . From tore up knees , to shoulder injuries and broken noses , this guy is a walking M.A.S.H unit . Alot of it he brought on himself by not getting rid of the ball and living to fight another day . That however , is simply not in Bens DNA . Its not who he is . Its hard to argue with the results hes gotten during this time . Hes led the Steelers to three Super Bowls and hes got two Vince Lombardi trophys to show for his efforts . You currently have quarterbacks in the hall of fame that never even won one Super Bowl , much less two . When he does come back , he’ll be the same ole Ben hes always been . Thats who he is and changing his style of play at this stage of his career isnt going to happen .

  2. Jay

    October 17, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I disagree. No one saying to change and not make a play out of the pocket, but someone needs to lay down the law and say, “preserve yourself and the tean’s chances by chucking it out of bounds if there’s nothing there!” I don’t see why that is such a ridiculous proposition. Hey, Ben, here’s a novel idea, if you get out of the pocket and there’s absolutely nothing there, throw it out of bounds because chances are it’s either gonna be a puck or you’re gonna get hurt. Now, if there’s even the remotest possibility of making a play, take it. That’s not what happened yesterday. Again moot point because we’ve all seen the tomlin show for 5-11 years now! It’s not a trend, it’s who he is as a coach, a perpetrator of mediocrity.

  3. BB

    October 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I agree with that Jay, and I am seeing that about Tomlin. The mediocrity of Landry Jones and Jarvis Jones etc are making me feel that the Steelers need to bring Cowher back. I am getting tired of all the f n nonsense with the penalties by Brown and Mitchell that are a result of a poorly disciplined team

  4. Jay

    October 19, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Key word u said is disciplined. As in there is none.

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