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.
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