Ben Roethlisberger is officially on the road to recovery.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback had left lateral menisectomy surgery Monday morning, according to Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburghSports.com.
Roethlisberger was injured during Pittsburgh’s disappointing 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The 34-year-old QB was injured in the second quarter when he was trying to elude Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. Phillips tripped up Roethlisberger, but the QB stayed on his feet and threw a costly interception on the play.
The 13-year veteran played in the second half despite the injury. Although Roethlisberger and the Steelers were clearly off their game throughout the contest.
Roethlisberger finished the defeat with 184 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
Big Ben’s timeline to return is still up in the air. Meniscus injuries can be tricky. Depending on the severity, athletes can miss a month or more with a meniscus tear.
Pittsburgh has a steep dropoff with Landry Jones as the team’s No. 2 signal caller. While filling in for Roethlisberger last season, Jones put up a 58.2 completion rate and 77.3 passer rating.
Jones’ first start in 2016 won’t be an easy one. The Steelers host the New England Patriots on Sunday.