Sure to be fielding plenty of questions about the status of his star quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin released the following statement Monday:
“Ben Roethlisberger underwent a successful outpatient arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. He is now recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery,” Tomlin said in the statement released to Pittsburgh media.
“Though we do not know a specific timetable for when he will be able to return to the field, we are confident the injury is not long-term.”
Roethlisberger injured the knee in the first half of Sunday’s 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He missed most of the second half but did return to finish the game, only to have surgery the next day.
Roethlisberger was off to another strong start to a season before Sunday. He entered the game with 15 touchdown passes to just 4 interceptions, but then went 19 of 34 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in the loss.
Landry Jones will fill in for Roethlisberger in the interim, which could start with Sunday’s home game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. In his fourth year out of Oklahoma, Jones has made just one career start, which came last year in Roethlisberger’s absence. In it, he was 16 of 29 for 209 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions as the Steelers lost 23-13 to the Chiefs.
He’ll now try to hold things together for a 4-2 Steelers team that still sits alone in first place of the AFC North.