A torn meniscus can lead to a wide variety of player absences. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore his in Week Two, and he may not play again this year. Others have had the same injury, and they’ve returned quickly.
The difference comes from the question of whether the meniscus is “cleaned up” (i.e., trimmed arthroscopically) or whether it’s repaired. The former allows for a shorter recovery. The latter, not.
As to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, PFT has confirmed that it’s the former, which suggests that he could be back sooner than later.
It’s quickly become a given that Roethlisberger will miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but would it shock anyone if Roethlisberger found a way to play? Knocked throughout much of his career for a perception that he exaggerates injuries, Roethlisberger doesn’t nearly get enough credit for finding a way to play when perhaps he shouldn’t (like, for example, the second half of Sunday’s game).
The more likely reality is that he’ll return in Week Nine, after the bye week, against the Ravens. If he misses that one, then the question becomes whether it will be Roethlisberger vs. Tony Romo or Dak Prescott for the rematch of Super Bowls X, XIII, and XXX in Pittsburgh in three weeks and six days.
Until Ben is back, Landry Jones gets the nod, with Zach Mettenberger selfie-sticking his way to the backup job. If the Steelers add another quarterback to the active roster, that may be a bad sign. If they stand pat with only two, no one should be completely shocked if Ben shows up in uniform against the Pats.