Roethlisberger meniscus surgery is expected to be a cleanup

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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.

18 responses to “Roethlisberger meniscus surgery is expected to be a cleanup

  1. This is absolutely the best of both worlds for the steelers and their fans. They were going to almost certainly lose Sunday no matter who they have playing QB as they almost always do against the pats and now they have an excuse for why they did this time. They can still believe the steelers aren’t pretenders when Ben comes back until reality hits them in the face, yet again, by the end of the season

  2. The Steelers just laid an egg this week. Its a long season it happens. They are still firmly in control of their division with a game lead. Hope to see Big Ben playing this week against the cheaters. It would be a great bounce back game to win.

  3. I am disappointed Ben got hurt… I circled this game on the calendar months ago. A marquee match-up just got ruined.

    Regardless of the of the outcome … nothing can be concluded here… especially if the Pats win. (which seems certain now)

  4. Until he’s ruled out, the Pats must assume he’ll play. There’s an injury report. Let’s see how that goes during the week. I hope Ben is ready to play Saturday.

  5. I had a meniscus cleanup last year, and I walked out of the hospital without crutches and was fine in less than a week. Of course, I don’t play professional football, but I had no trouble kicking Patriot fan ass.

  6. This is absolutely the best of both worlds for the steelers and their fans. They were going to almost certainly lose Sunday no matter who they have playing QB as they almost always do against the pats and now they have an excuse for why they did this time. They can still believe the steelers aren’t pretenders when Ben comes back until reality hits them in the face, yet again, by the end of the season.

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    So what happens if the Steelers win?

  7. This is unfortunate. When you have a star player out, particularly a QB, it robs the opponent of the inertia generated if they win, and of course can be devastating if they lose. I’d prefer to see them play at full strength.

  8. dimi1919 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 2:44 PM

    This is why most pats fans are ok. At least they don’t cheer for injuries like other fan bases do.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I have go agree with you on this…And, any fan who wishes an injury to a player is NOT a REAL sports fan!

  9. On a side note, I thought the AFC North was this uber tough division. All I ever heard was “let the Patriots try playing in the AFC North, and then let’s see how many games they win. A main reason why they go to the playoffs every year is they have a cakewalk through the crap division of the AFC East.”

    Oops. There goes another so-called “theory” making a foolish attempt to diminish the Patriots’ extraordinary success. Maybe a more realistic approach is to give them credit where credit is due.

    Oh, and before I forget, Get Well Soon Ben. The NFL needs you back.

  10. orrnumberfour — there will always be an asterisk beside the Patriots’ name for everyone except their front running fan base. Before the Pats winning started, they had the lowest attendance in the league. You can’t say that about practically any other NFL fan base, who support their teams no matter what. It ain’t Belichick and Brady who irk everyone. Their accomplishments are legit, although they do play in a crap division and usually have a very favorable schedule. It’s their insufferable, gloating, bandwagon-jumping fans, who never showed up till the winning started. You can look it up.

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