Ben Roethlisberger’s recovery from meniscus surgery could take longer than originally expected.
The Steelers quarterback’s procedure turned out to be more than just a simple clean-up, and he is slated to miss 4-6 weeks, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday.
Roethlisberger, who leads the league with 16 touchdown passes, was originally given a 2- to 3-week timetable. He had been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, but the bye week following that could have set him up for a possible return against the Baltimore Ravens.
But Roethlisberger himself expressed doubt about that on his weekly radio show Tuesday. The four-time Pro Bowler told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the surgery also involved some work on the bone bruise injury he suffered last season and that he was likely to miss at least the Ravens game out of the bye.
“There’s no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel,” he said.
It now appears as if the timetable is longer than he originally anticipated. The Steelers will play the Patriots, the Ravens and the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys in the next four weeks before traveling to play the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.
In the meantime, the Steelers will play Landry Jones at quarterback. The former fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma is in his third season and has one career start, coming last year against the Kansas City Chiefs, which he lost 23-13 while throwing 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
The Steelers lead the AFC North at 4-2, followed by the Ravens at 3-3.