Big Ben has knee surgery; no timeline for return

Roethlisberger left Sunday's loss in Miami to the Dolphins before eventually returning in the third quarter to finish the game.

"We released a statement yesterday regarding Ben".

Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and the procedure went so well that he did not require an overnight stay in the hospital. I'm not going to get into speculating on how long it's going to be.

"That's what we're looking to do", coach Adam Gase said of the complementary play by each unit. "So we'll deal with that on a week-to-week basis". With Roethlisberger out, Tomlin said Landry Jones will be the starter on Sunday and that he'll receive all of the first-team reps this week during practice. Jones heave fell incomplete and Roethlisberger returned on the ensuring drive.

Although the 34-year-old star later played through the pain during the second half, he was later discovered to have suffered a tear. Hs injury could put him out for the rest of the year which means the Steelers will have no other choice but to appoint Jones as the new starting quarterback with Zach Mettenberger as his backup.

On Sunday, Roethlisberger injured his knee during the first half of the game.

However, ESPN reported that Roethlisberger will still likely miss next Sunday's game against the Patriots.

“This guy is a really good college player and now he has the tools around to get the job done, ” guard Ramon Foster said.

The start also comes at a critical time for Jones, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. It kept wide receiver Antonio Brown (four receptions, 39 yards) under control and prevented running back Le'Veon Bell (10 carries, 53 yards) from doing serious damage.

The injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Steelers. There's no concrete timetable for his return, but Cook confirms that Big Ben won't play against the Patriots next weekend.



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