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Tomlin: Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward out this week

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AP

Steelers quarterback Landry Jones wasn’t willing to rule Ben Roethlisberger out for this weekend’s game against the Patriots after Roethlisberger had surgery on the torn meniscus in his knee on Monday, but the guy who actually makes the call about who will be in the starting lineup did it for him.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said what most people expected given the nature of Roethlisberger’s injury when he met the press on Tuesday. Roethlisberger will not play against New England, leaving Week Nine against the Ravens as the earliest possible return date since the Steelers have a bye week after playing the Patriots.

Tomlin also confirmed that Jones will start at quarterback with Zach Mettenberger serving as the backup.

The Steelers will also be without a key defensive player. Defensive end Cam Heyward will miss his second straight game as a result of a hamstring injury. The Steelers gave up a season-high 474 yards against the Dolphins last Sunday without Heyward in the lineup and the Patriots will make it tough for them to make a big improvement without Heyward’s help.

Having linebacker Ryan Shazier, strong safety Mike Mitchell and free safety Robert Golden in the lineup would boost that effort, although Tomlin said their status won’t be known until later in the week.

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33 Responses to “Tomlin: Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward out this week”
  1. baltimoresnativeson says: Oct 18, 2016 12:26 PM

    He will only miss 3 games.
    Pats
    Ravens
    Cowboys

  2. magnumpimustache says: Oct 18, 2016 12:26 PM

    As hall and oats would say…….

    Ooooohhhhhhh Ooooohhhhhhh here he comes. He’s a man eater…..

    That doesn’t sound quite right. But you get the point.

    Tom Brady. ….yeah

  3. 12coltsfan12 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:32 PM

    So the Pats will win by 35 instead of 24?

  4. pastabelly says: Oct 18, 2016 12:35 PM

    I really thought Roethlisberger was going to try and play on a bad wheel. If anyone could do that, it would be him. As a Patriots fan, I am disappointed. This would have been an amazing duel between Brady and Roethlisberger and someone needs to remind Roger Goodell that is why we love this sport. It’s players like those two and not Roger and the suits. This was the one huge game of the year in the AFC that many of wanted to see. Hopefully, we’ll see it in the playoffs.

  5. lordliftedme says: Oct 18, 2016 12:50 PM

    Seems like Ben always finds a way to be injured when his team needs him the most…

  6. buckethead1 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:52 PM

    He’ll be back for the Ravens game…

  7. steelcurtainn says: Oct 18, 2016 1:01 PM

    No Heyward No Big Ben. It will be tough butI wonder what there going to say if the Steelers win without there top offense and defensive player. I’d imagine it will be crickets\ around here.

  8. whywerule says: Oct 18, 2016 1:03 PM

    Fortunately for the Steelers Big Ben is just a System QB and any QB, (Middle School, High School, College, NFL, even Landry Jones), can throw for over 4000 yards and 30 or 40+ TDs in the Steelers system over the course of a season.

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says: Oct 18, 2016 1:03 PM

    I appreciate Ben for the quarterback he is. He doesnt get enough props as a guy thats won the title twice and easily could have been a third….I hope he gets well soon…..Much respect to him……..

  10. lanman11 says: Oct 18, 2016 1:04 PM

    The Patriots rolled out a pair of backups earlier this year and found a way to win, so I don’t expect this game to be a given. There is a lot a team can do to make a game ugly, to give themselves a chance at the end. If the Patriots, especially on defense, are not razor sharp, they may find themselves in a battle nobody expected.

  11. nhpats says: Oct 18, 2016 1:20 PM

    Mike Tomlin stinks. BB owns this guy.

  12. 6ball says: Oct 18, 2016 1:20 PM

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    If Roethlisberger had played, the line would have hovered around 1. That’s what people like to see in a game : two quality teams who are evenly matched.
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  13. pastabelly says: Oct 18, 2016 1:23 PM

    lanman11 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 1:04 PM
    The Patriots rolled out a pair of backups earlier this year and found a way to win, so I don’t expect this game to be a given. There is a lot a team can do to make a game ugly, to give themselves a chance at the end. If the Patriots, especially on defense, are not razor sharp, they may find themselves in a battle nobody expected.
    =========================================
    If the Patriots rolled out a pair of backups at Pittsburgh against Roethlisberger, there would be an additional L. I’m a Pats fan and understand that.

  14. oneclap2 says: Oct 18, 2016 1:23 PM

    This was the game of the week before this injury, so it is disappointing that Big Ben won’t be able to play. That being said, I think the Pats will win but the Steelers won’t make it easy for them.

  15. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 18, 2016 1:45 PM

    Meh.
    The wheels already came off last week, so we’ve got nothing to lose.

    Give em hell, Lil Landry.

  16. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 18, 2016 1:47 PM

    don’t know how long he’ll be out but I can tell you this. It was undoubtedly the worst torn meniscus anyone has ever seen and whenever he does come back it will be at least 2 weeks before he should have (at least that will be the leak after his first game back)

    you all seem to forget Ben has a lot of history of this coming back from injury stuff and when he does he ALWAYS sucks for a couple games, so it’s not just the games he’s out that you should worry about.

  17. 345snarkavenue says: Oct 18, 2016 1:58 PM

    Pats fan here….this is the type of game that can bite a team in the butt. I firmly remember the way the Pats defense played in the first half of the Bills game.

    Steelers have playmakers besides Ben. If Jones can throw the ball anywhere in the vicinity of AB there’s a good chance he’ll reel it in.

    I can see where a ‘go for it’ attitude by the Steelers could potentially pay off…..high risk/high reward type of play.

  18. Flash1287 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:11 PM

    Brady has 17 TDs, 0 INTs with a 127.9 passer rating in past 5 starts vs. PITT.

  19. dimi1919 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:17 PM

    Oh well it’s a loss. No biggie I’m a steelers fan and I can tell you that they have at least 3 more wins with 2 against cle and one at cin. That’s 7. Find 2 more and they’ll win the division. The other teams suck.

  20. weepingjebus says: Oct 18, 2016 2:21 PM

    Should still be a good game, both teams will fight hard and compete. Plus a minimum of social justice garbage. People may actually tune in for this one.

  21. maust1013 says: Oct 18, 2016 3:04 PM

    I’m another Pats fan with a lot of respect for the Steelers. I’m really disappointed Roethlisberger won’t be playing. He’s a 1st ballot HoF’er and I enjoy watching him play, even more so when it’s against another top QB. Good competition makes being a fan worthwhile but beyond that there simply isn’t much greatness to a lot of the football we have all been watching this year, having Ben out just makes that all the worse. Before we know it Ben, Brees, Brady, heck even Eli and Rivers will be gone. Missing out on any of them matching up in the same game is just a kick in the pants.

  22. holeinone09 says: Oct 18, 2016 3:08 PM

    I think every true fan of quality football was looking forward to watching Ben play against Brady. Now, as a die hard Steeler fan, unless the Steelers get very lucky they will have too many starters out on defense to hold Brady down. So my expectations for the game are low and if the Steelers win it will be very sweet. If they lose, they will be no worse off than tied for first in the AFC North with a bye week coming up, so hopefully the wounded will heal up for the Ravens game. All the pressure is on the Pats, and I hope the Steelers can run the ball strongly.

  23. 8oneanddones says: Oct 18, 2016 3:17 PM

    It’s hard to believe Brady & Ben have only faced each other once in the post season, 12 years ago. We’re long overdue.

  24. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 18, 2016 3:30 PM

    Oh well it’s a loss. No biggie I’m a steelers fan and I can tell you that they have at least 3 more wins with 2 against cle and one at cin. That’s 7. Find 2 more and they’ll win the division.

    The other teams suck.you people and your piss-colored glasses are hilarious

  25. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 18, 2016 3:31 PM

    “Then tune in as Tom Brady and the Patriots face off against Landry Jones and the Steelers.”

    Bet the league just loves the sound of that one.

  26. steelcurtainn says: Oct 18, 2016 4:16 PM

    Just get the ball in Leveon Bells hands. He’s going to have a big day running the ball. Don’t turn the ball over and I think the Steelers can win this without Big Ben.

  27. futures44 says: Oct 18, 2016 4:17 PM

    Lot of respect for Big Ben, and the entire Steelers organization. At least you can count on the Steelers playing hard and clean. Unlike Cinci and Balt. who play dirty and cry after losing. Pats Fan.

  28. inozwetrust says: Oct 18, 2016 4:23 PM

    buckethead1 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 12:52 PM
    He’ll be back for the Ravens game…
    ————————————————-
    Why rush him. The way the Ravens are playing Steelers won’t need Ben to whip their butts.

  29. dougchillin says: Oct 18, 2016 4:32 PM

    Huge blow. But for some reason these are the types of games the Steelers do very well in. I do not believe Landry Jones has the fire power to keep up with Brady, but I think it is going to be closer than people think. Since Tomlin became coach it almost seems like he performs the best when the odds are stacked against him and his back against the wall, and is at his absolute worse when the Steelers should win by a wide margin.

    Like I said, Pats will win, but it won’t come easy for them.

  30. dimi1919 says: Oct 18, 2016 4:39 PM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Oct 18, 2016 3:30 PM
    Oh well it’s a loss. No biggie I’m a steelers fan and I can tell you that they have at least 3 more wins with 2 against cle and one at cin. That’s 7. Find 2 more and they’ll win the division.

    The other teams suck.you people and your piss-colored glasses are hilarious

    ———-

    Nah. You’re a bengals fan. You know what I’m talking about..

  31. aballinhighgrass says: Oct 18, 2016 5:09 PM

    As a Pats fan this is disappointing. I was looking forward to a classic match up. I think the Steelers still give the Pats a heck of a game because they are still the Steelers. I hope to see the Pats and Steelers in the AFCCG in Foxboro. The Ravens can go pound sand. And the Bengals are quickly reaching Bengals status as a filthy squad.

  32. factpurveyor says: Oct 18, 2016 7:26 PM

    Stinks if Ben Roethlisberger cant play.

    Especially considering that one Steelers fan didn’t accept the NLF’s deflategate railroad job where the NFL forced Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    That intelligent Steelers fan conducted tests using NFL footballs an posted a video online. That video can be found by searching online for: “Deflate Gate & Why Science Says the Patriots Did Not Tamper With Footballs”.

  33. littleseizures says: Oct 18, 2016 8:52 PM

    Both teams will win their divisions and play again in the playoffs anyway. Seattle is winning it all this year regardless.

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