Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ultimately returned to action Sunday afternoon after leaving Pittsburgh’s 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins with a knee injury. But apparently, Roethlisberger suffered a rather serious injury.
Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo surgery on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the surgery will merely be a clean up and not a full repair. That’s good news for Roethlisberger’s long-term prognosis.
Roethlisberger left the game late in the second quarter after scrambling away from a defender who dived at his legs and tripped him up but didn’t bring him down. He returned shortly afterward, but wasn’t very effective. Roethlisberger threw for 189 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in the upset loss.
The veteran quarterback will almost certainly miss next weekend’s showdown with the New England Patriots. The good news is Pittsburgh has a bye after that, and Roethlisberger could be healthy enough to suit up Nov. 6 when the Steelers travel to Baltimore.
Third-year quarterback Landry Jones would assume starting duties in Roethlisberger’s place. He stepped in Sunday, but threw only one pass before Roethlisberger returned.
Jones has had experience in this situation before. Jones started two games in relief of Roethlisberger last season, but was injured in his second start after throwing only four passes. On the year, Jones threw for 513 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Former Titans and Chargers Zach Mettenberger would likely be called upon in an emergency situation. Mettenberger was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh in August after the team lost Bruce Gradkowski for the season with a hamstring tear.