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Steelers confident Ben Roethlisberger won’t be out long

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a play during a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 16, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s knee surgery is done.

Roethlisberger injured his knee in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins and returned to the game before being diagnosed with a torn meniscus after the game. Mike Florio of PFT reported that Roethlisberger’s operation was going to be of the arthroscopic variety, which should lead to a quicker recovery than other options to deal with the injury.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin released a statement about the surgery on Monday, confirming the nature of the surgery and the outlook for the quarterback’s return.

“Ben Roethlisberger underwent a successful outpatient arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning,” Tomlin said in the statement. “He is now recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery. Though we do not know a specific timetable for when he will be able to return to the field, we are confident this injury is not long-term.”

The Steelers host the Patriots in Week Seven and have a bye in Week Eight before returning to action on the road against the Ravens.

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53 Responses to “Steelers confident Ben Roethlisberger won’t be out long”
  1. mzew233 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:16 PM

    Still not a chance they beat NE in the playoffs at any point. But I guess everyone needs something to hope for before January.

  2. citizenstrange says: Oct 17, 2016 3:17 PM

    As long as Big Ben plays the Steeler offense is unstoppable …. until the next time they are held to 3 points on the road …. or any playoff game.

  3. jojovie131 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:17 PM

    Keep him off the motorcycle too…

  4. dougchillin says: Oct 17, 2016 3:19 PM

    How tough is Ben really?

  5. theangrytammy says: Oct 17, 2016 3:20 PM

    I don’t know, just to be sure, I think Dr. Jerry Jones should take a look at him.

  6. franklamar17 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:20 PM

    Things are setting up real good for the steelers,and check out how they beat the Patriots sunday.

  7. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 17, 2016 3:22 PM

    “we are confident this injury is not long-term”
    however the limp and grimace will reappear indefinitely after any errant throws, interceptions or fumbles.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:24 PM

    pats were already licking their chops going down there to slap that media darling franchise with such a
    mediocre d.

    now with landry in there, this should be fun.

  9. annes22 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:24 PM

    Not sure what some people on here are talking about. If the Dolphins can beat them easily, good luck with the Patriots.
    Ben went out, but he was being beaten when he was in and no injury. When he came back after the half then he was terrible, so figure it out. Good luck against the Patriots!!!

  10. mongo3401 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:26 PM

    Ben is all used up.

  11. salscobrakai says: Oct 17, 2016 3:27 PM

    I heard on the radio last night that Mary Lou Retton had a meniscus removed 19 days before she won the gold. If she can do it Big Ben will do it with today’s technology and treatment.

  12. ravensaresuperior says: Oct 17, 2016 3:34 PM

    Mary Lou Retton is tougher !

  13. grogansheroes says: Oct 17, 2016 3:37 PM

    If you’re the Steelers, why would you let him play this week? Do they want one decent hit to end his year? I know Ben likes to play the tough guy, but everyone knows what his injuries are all the time. The tough guys play with injuries the public doesn’t know about.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 17, 2016 3:41 PM

    He is as injury prone as Romo. But at least the Cowboys have QB succession plan in place. The Steelers should get a QB in the next draft.

  15. dpdonny says: Oct 17, 2016 3:42 PM

    Toughest QB in the league.

    — Not a Steelers Fan

  16. Mike Tomlin says: Oct 17, 2016 3:44 PM

    dougchillin says:

    How tough is Ben really?

    —————–

    Well he finished the game with an injury that had Adrian Peterson carried to the locker room by the medical staff.

    People think that because it didn’t look bad, it wasn’t. Non-contact injuries are usually the most brutal.

  17. approachingnormalcy says: Oct 17, 2016 3:45 PM

    tylawspick6

    A Steeler fan here. I think mediocre is a complement for the defense. They are not even that good if Heyward and Shazier are out (which they were on Sunday).

    Rothlisberger is great but the protection was severely lacking Sunday. 1st Int was a great play. 2nd Int was meant for the tight end but it sailed on him and was an overthrow. Say what you want but I believe the knee affected 2nd half throws.

    Landry Jones is terrible. They have no chance of winning with him in there.

  18. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 3:50 PM

    The Patriots are going to play the Steelers with Landry Jones at QB? Really?

    Goodell must be ready to kill himself….

  19. dimi1919 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:55 PM

    Better if they rest him. I don’t think they’d beat the patriots with that defence anyway. Plus 9 7 should be good enough for the steelers to win the division.

  20. jackodn says: Oct 17, 2016 3:55 PM

    approachingnormalcy

    Pats fan here.

    I agree about that Steeler D. They just don’t look like what you’d expect from a Pittsburg D. Having Shazier out hurts a lot I’m sure. You never know week to week in the NFL, next week they could show up and shut down the Pats. The Bengals were doing a pretty good job of shutting down the Pats until that safety and they started losing their composure.

    I think Ben is one of the all time greats, someone who I worry about every time the Pats play the Steelers. I’m sorry that he may miss next week’s game – its always best when both teams field their best players. Here’s wishing Ben a quick and complete recovery.

    Let’s hope for a good game with no injuries, and see what happens.

  21. tedmurph says: Oct 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    No FB fan in America doesn’t want to see the Steelers at full strength. Well, maybe few Ravens fans. Even though it’s just a cleanout, there’s no need to rush him. They’re gonna win the division, but the bye is probably toast. If they’re good enough at the end, they’ll have their shot. In Foxboro.

  22. dougchillin says: Oct 17, 2016 4:08 PM

    Mike Tomlin says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:44 PM
    dougchillin says:

    How tough is Ben really?

    —————–

    Well he finished the game with an injury that had Adrian Peterson carried to the locker room by the medical staff.

    People think that because it didn’t look bad, it wasn’t. Non-contact injuries are usually the most brutal.

    —————–

    AP was a complete tear that required SURGERY.

    Ben has a partial tear that can be fixed with a scope.

    They are completely different.

  23. hawksfansince77 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:09 PM

    Wonderful….another “Look How Tough I am Playing Injured” starring Big Ben movie. Wish he’d stop, he’ll never get an Oscar.

  24. steelcurtainn says: Oct 17, 2016 4:14 PM

    If Maurkice Pouncey does his job this isn’t even a topic right now. Then again, its always the “if” word. He must of been sleeping on that play.

  25. aballinhighgrass says: Oct 17, 2016 4:21 PM

    Big Ben is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. This Pats fan is unhappy it looks like he will miss the game. Its always better when its best against best. Here’s hoping to see you folks for the AFC title . . . at Gillette Stadium. And here’s hoping the Ravens and that idiot Harbaugh suffer agonizing losses every week.

  26. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    dougchillin says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:08 PM
    Mike Tomlin says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:44 PM
    dougchillin says:

    How tough is Ben really?

    —————–

    Well he finished the game with an injury that had Adrian Peterson carried to the locker room by the medical staff.

    People think that because it didn’t look bad, it wasn’t. Non-contact injuries are usually the most brutal.

    —————–

    AP was a complete tear that required SURGERY.

    Ben has a partial tear that can be fixed with a scope.

    They are completely different.

    —————

    I had my meniscus torn on both sides and had it scoped…..they simply trim off the torn part. It felt better within days. If Ben has anything like me he will be back in a few weeks.

  27. willige says: Oct 17, 2016 4:33 PM

    Big Ben out at least a month!

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:47 PM

    “Landry Jones is terrible. They have no chance of winning with him in there”

    The Pats actually have a history of struggling against young and rookie QBs they have no tape on.

    There have been several times over the years starters have gotten knocked out and the backup QB comes in and looks like a hall of famer.

    Doesn’t happen all the time by any means, and its usually when there has been no film on the player to study. Jones did get into several games last year so there may be enough to study on him so it could easily go the Pats way.

    Won’t surprise me if the Steelers play well and make it tough however.

  29. thun5der says: Oct 17, 2016 4:53 PM

    i am a Pats fan, but unlike all the other Pats fans on this site im not afraid to tell it like it is. Im glad Ben is out, he is a dirtbag. With him or without him the Pats are far superior. Doesnt matter if he plays or not, Pats still smoke Pittsburgh. It is obvious that Pats have their best team since 07′ . They will WALK to their 5th SB title. All the losers will cry about them being cheaters as we take the Lombardi out of the idiot Goodell’s hands.

  30. pastabelly says: Oct 17, 2016 4:56 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan and respect Roethlisberger. I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays on Sunday. While the Patriots have handled Pittsburgh very well through the years, I do remember one really bad Halloween night when Ben and the Steelers ruined a very long (may have been the record setting) Patriots winning streak. Respect to this guy. In this era (after Favre), there are a few elite quarterbacks and he is one of them. Brady, Roethlisberger, Manning, Brees, and Rodgers. He is IN that group.

  31. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 17, 2016 5:05 PM

    salscobrakai says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:27 PM
    I heard on the radio last night that Mary Lou Retton had a meniscus removed 19 days before she won the gold. If she can do it Big Ben will do it with today’s technology and treatment.

    Olympic gymnasts have a longer and tougher workout schedule than any football player in any league. Ben is as good as he is because he’s big. If he was the size of Drew Brees he’d be in a wheelchair by now. Think about how many times he completed a pass with a LB or safety dragging along behind him.

  32. mclennon99 says: Oct 17, 2016 5:41 PM

    salscobrakai says:
    Oct 17, 2016 3:27 PM
    I heard on the radio last night that Mary Lou Retton had a meniscus removed 19 days before she won the gold. If she can do it Big Ben will do it with today’s technology and treatment.

    There’s your answer…sign Retton and waive Jones. At least then you can always use the excuse that you lost because you had a girl QB…you know…like the 49ers do.

  33. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 17, 2016 5:44 PM

    Nothing that a little TLC from Dr Rydze can’t cure.
    🙂

  34. truths4all says: Oct 17, 2016 6:23 PM

    With Big Ben out, look for Goodell to bring in his official cheating officiating crew from the Atlanta-Seattle game where they cheated all game long to ensure that Seattle won. Look for a lot of non-calls in favor of the Steelers as well as a lot of bogus calls on the Patriots.

  35. maust1013 says: Oct 17, 2016 6:50 PM

    I am another Pats fan that respects not just Roethlisberger’s game but the way he has morphed into a true leader on that team. He is a 1st ballot HoF player, any one who thinks otherwise is simply viewing him through their fanboy glasses. He draws the same kind of childish sniping that the trolls aim at Brady. Sorry kids but greatness is where you find it and it’s a fact of life for sports fans that it’s often not where you wish it was.
    I can appreciate Roethlisberger’s talent in much the same way I did Montana’s and Marino’s even when they were carving my team up.
    As a fan of the game I admire the chemistry Ben and AB have, that kind of connection is something that doesn’t happen often and a joy to watch, if it weren’t for the trolling I’d feel bad for the clowns that can’t.
    Of course as a Pats fan I have to accept that the fan base I am part of has it’s share of yahoos and posers just as the Steelers fan base does. But looking at the big picture, we can both laugh at it, after all no one is pretending to be a Cleveland, Cincy, Jets or Miami fan

  36. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Oct 17, 2016 6:53 PM

    He’ll be back sooner than later. He is tough. All the off field crap aside, speaking only about his performance on the field, He’s a joy to watch and I’d take him on my team. Provided Brady wasn’t available, of course. Hope he’s able to play this weekend. I wouldn’t bet against it.

  37. imodan says: Oct 17, 2016 7:05 PM

    i am a Pats fan, but unlike all the other Pats fans on this site im not afraid to tell it like it is. Im glad Ben is out, he is a dirtbag. With him or without him the Pats are far superior. Doesnt matter if he plays or not, Pats still smoke Pittsburgh. It is obvious that Pats have their best team since 07′ . They will WALK to their 5th SB title. All the losers will cry about them being cheaters as we take the Lombardi out of the idiot Goodell’s hands.
    ———————————————————
    The cynic in me believes jchitwood has created another phony name. C’mon chippy, man up!

  38. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Oct 17, 2016 7:07 PM

    @TedMurph
    Seriously, me and all the Ravens I know want him in the game. It much sweeter when we beat them and we’ve been beating them quite a bit the last few years (with Ben healthy and playing). We beat them last year with 20 guys on IR and Ryan Mallet as our QB!

  39. littleseizures says: Oct 17, 2016 7:08 PM

    I feel so bad for the Pats. They get mistreated and go unrecognized for all of their wonderful accomplishments. Nobody supports them or claims them as their favorite team. If if weren’t for bad luck they’d have none. Except for when every team including the Pats passed on Brady at least 4 times and he turned out to be a hall of famer. I hope things start going their way sooner rather than later.

  40. ikeclanton says: Oct 17, 2016 7:10 PM

    First of all, I believe Ben is as tough as they come and though people can speculate about the seriousness of his injuries, including this one, I’ve seen enough to know that he’s a gamer. If they let him, he’d try to play this week.

    I’d rather he played at full strength against the Patriots to see what kind of team we have in NE. Sure the Dolphins beat them, but this is the NFL. The Dolphins beat the Patriots here and there too.

    Either way, the Steelers are always a good test and I love the rivalry. I hope Roethlisberger is back soon.

  41. npadln says: Oct 17, 2016 7:11 PM

    annes22 says:

    Not sure what some people on here are talking about. If the Dolphins can beat them easily, good luck with the Patriots.
    Ben went out, but he was being beaten when he was in and no injury. When he came back after the half then he was terrible, so figure it out. Good luck against the Patriots!!!
    *******************************************
    But the thing is with Tomlin’s Steelers teams is that they are notorious for playing down to the competition. I wouldn’t be surprised if even with a back-up at the QB position they play New England tough enough to eek out a win or at least barely lose.

  42. carcettiformayor21211 says: Oct 17, 2016 7:12 PM

    Pittsburg must be running out of spare parts to put that man back together.

  43. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 7:24 PM

    Even with Ben out the Steelers are the team to beat in the AFC North….. The other three teams stink….

  44. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 17, 2016 7:31 PM

    dougchillin says:
    “..How tough is Ben really?..”

    I’m guessing you’ve never had a scope done on your knee.
    I’ve had six, three on each, and three more surgeries for knee replacements since they scraped them down to the bone.
    If Ben is back playing after three weeks, he’s a helluva lot tougher than both of us.

  45. spotsdad says: Oct 17, 2016 7:48 PM

    I heard he also has a partial tear of the hymen.

  46. rankster1950 says: Oct 17, 2016 7:49 PM

    We have Bruce gradkowski even though there is a rumor he died 2 yrs ago

  47. steelcurtainn says: Oct 17, 2016 8:26 PM

    Steelers win the game with Big Ben or Landry Jones.

  48. ohand16 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:06 PM

    He’ll be back for the 2nd half of the Pats game.

  49. ohand16 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:09 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Landry had a great game last year against Arizona. Or…maybe he didn’t and was saved by a HOF performance by Martavias Bryant

    Watch the tape.

    #TRUTHER

  50. The Truth says: Oct 17, 2016 9:43 PM

    @thun5der
    ” when “we” take the trophy from goodell.” Ahh no stooge , you and the rest of the bandwagon jumpers are quite insignificant

  51. xavier179 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:58 PM

    Minimum 6 weeks.

  52. stampnhawk says: Oct 18, 2016 3:09 AM

    Which ever game he returns, he’ll finish if they’re winning/win, he’ll have a re-aggravation if it appears they’re going to lose.

    Happened in the Seattle game last year..didn’t get in the endzone on third down in the 4q when his team down by 12 and he pulled himself out saying he had a concussion.

    Doctors checked him and he was fine.

  53. lp0320 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:26 PM

    Thanks to the classy Pats fan’s posting. I totally dislike Brady because he’s on the arrogant side, but think he’s one of the GOAT’s! I also think that BB is the absolute best coach in the league today, and other than Chuck Noll, probably the best ever.

    With respect to Ben, his line disappeared Sunday with absolutely no protection for him; and the defense is horrible. I thought they were horrible last year, and they are equally as bad this year. Keith Butler is NO Dick LeBeau and the defensive plays he dials up are awful. They don’t know how to tackle, and truthfully, I watch them quit on plays.

    Butler has to go, as does Kevin Colbert.

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