Ben Roethlisberger out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss time with a knee injury, but he won’t miss as much time as some in Pittsburgh feared.

Roethlisberger was diagnosed with an MCL sprain and bone bruise but no damage to his ACL, a league source tells PFT. Although it will probably be about a week before Roethlisberger has a target return date, he’s expected to miss about four to six weeks.

When Roethlisberger went down clutching his knee in St. Louis today and had to be carted to the locker room, many observers were fearing the worst. The way Roethlisberger’s leg bent, it looked like it could have been a season-ending injury.

Instead, it’s an injury that will cost him a month. Michael Vick will start for the Steelers for four weeks, and then Roethlisberger will be ready to lead the team down the stretch.

86 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

  1. Good news! The NFL needs as many star QB’s as they can get for the playoffs.
    It’s amazing how great teams rally when there is an injury and they are stronger as a team for it!

  2. This is the year of gruesome looking non-serious knee injuries. See Antonio Cromarti week 1. Great news to hear it’s not season ending.

  3. Very salvageable. 4 weeks is about the amount of time Vick has to be OK before he turns into a turnover machine and gets hurt himself. While I’m always vocal about Vick being the most overrated starter maybe ever, he is a good backup.

  4. MCL sprain?

    All the respect in the world for Big Ben as a footballer (with women, not so much) – but dude was acting like his leg got torn off.

  5. Better than expected but not as good as could have been hoped for. Wish him a speedy recovery and hope he makes it back 100%. The game itself is better when all it’s stars are on the field.

  6. Get well soon. Meanwhile, Vick has a team behind him that can win. Go Steelers (when’s the last time the Ravens were 0 – 4)?

  7. nfella says:
    Sep 27, 2015 10:05 PM
    MCL sprain?

    All the respect in the world for Big Ben as a footballer (with women, not so much) – but dude was acting like his leg got torn off.

    —–

    You ever injure your knee, smart guy?

  8. “Instead, it’s an injury that will cost him a month. Michael Vick will start for the Steelers for four weeks, and then Roethlisberger will be ready to lead the team down the stretch.”

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    Is it hard to type with those big foam we’re number 1 fingers on your hands?

    Actually it wasn’t the hit that looked so bad it was Ben’s drama queen in fetal position that had everybody thinking the worst.

  9. “All the respect in the world for Big Ben as a footballer (with women, not so much) – but dude was acting like his leg got torn off.”

    There’s a reason the Russians used to hammer shell casings under the kneecaps of captured Germans. It was the most painful thing they could do in the shortest time that would a) cause the most pain to b) result in getting whatever info the prisoner had in the fastest possible time

    Any injury to the knee is incredibly painful.

  10. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 27, 2015 10:12 PM
    This thread is dedicated to all you jerks who gloated and prayed for the season ender… and sorry New England, no cheap easy road to the Super Bowl. You cowards.
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    Easy, I’ve seen more Pats fans then other fans applauding that he will be back. Respect to those fans.

  11. It’s always better to steamroll the Yinzers when Ben is part of the dismantling. 8-2 career record including playoffs. Brady owns the Steelers while Big Ben owns the ladies room.

  12. bengalguy says:
    Sep 27, 2015 10:17 PM
    Good. No excuses when Cincinnati wins the North

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    Big talk for a perennial loser

  13. fifel1144 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 10:43 PM

    Easy, I’ve seen more Pats fans then other fans applauding that he will be back. Respect to those fans.
    ================================
    I’m happy he’ll be back. Nobody likes seeing games with backup quarterbacks. We saw enough of Jimmy Clausen and the McCowns today. I wish Roethlisberger had kept his trap shut after losing to the Patriots, but that doesn’t mean I want him injured. He’s fun to watch and most of us love the way he competes.

  14. cinvis says:
    Sep 27, 2015 10:54 PM
    Phillip Rivers wouldn’t have missed a snap…

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    Maybe, but like always he will miss anything meaningful in the postseason. He’s one notch above Dalton.

  15. Am I the only one who sees through the pats fans smarm? They think the repeat is in the bag. Please Giants!! Go on another run. The one thing those over-confident fans don’t want to see

  16. Am pats
    May I remind you the pats road to SB’s went thru Pittsburgh a few times, the steelers never had to go thru the pats
    It was the steelers that had the easy road the last two

  17. Good to see The Rapist go down. Absolute piece of human garbage, at best. Hopefully The Dog Torturer/Executioner is next and tears his ACL.

  18. Well after seeing the injury I would say 4/6 weeks is good news. I had a horrible feeling he was done for the season. This Pittsburgh offense looks super this year and based on just 3 games they look potential contenders.

  19. Vick shouldn’t be asked to throw more than 25 passes in any game for the next month, hopefully. The Steelers couldn’t run the ball today, but that was with a slightly rusty Leveon Bell and against a very, very good Rams front 7. It would be nice to have a full week for Vick to get ready for the next game, but they don’t. Still, having Vick for 4 to 6 weeks is not the end of the world for the Steelers. The Ravens are a mess, the Browns are the Browns, and the Bengals are still good for their 10 or so wins plus immediate playoff exit.

  20. I hope someday they find a way to eliminate the human garbage on these sites that wish harm to these men who go out and lay their careers on the line every weekend to entertain them. A whole lot of people that need some serious therapy! Thank goodness for the true fans out there that know the game, and realize the seriousness of this type of injury. Kudos to them!

  21. huge blow to the moral of the city of pittsburgh but at least women will be able to use bar room bathrooms in peace for the next 4-6 weeks.

  22. Questioning the toughness of Big Ben, considering the number of hits he’s taken for a decade behind that average OL? Really? He may not be the same caliber QB as Rodgers or Brady, but there’s never been a tougher QB, including Favre, Bradshaw, Aikman, Kelly or Elway.

  23. I’m really happy to read that, both for his sake and football fan’s. We need all the NFL-calibre QBs we can get!

  24. As a Pat’s fan, you want to play against the best and Big Ben is one of the best at what he does. Hurry back Ben, we’ll see you in the playoffs.

  25. Its so good to see the most EXCITING PLAYER in Mike Vick return.
    lets hope the steelers just let him go in and do his thing, That means opening up for the the big passes downfield.Don’t come in feeding him predictable conservative play calls like he is some 1st year rookie.

    .

  26. Glad its not more serious. Barron is a punk! How is that not a penalty. I hope the league takes some action against him. You can’t allow that sort of play.

    As a Patriots fan I know what its like to see your QB go down after a cheap shot.

    Get well, Ben.

  27. Pats fan here, get well Ben. Football is more fun to watch when it’s best players are playing, and Ben is one of the best QBs.

    As another poster already mentioned, watching games of McNown and Clausen etc aren’t as fun, sad, but true nonetheless.

    Get back soon

  28. Michael Vick is 35 years old and undersized as an NFL QB. Do not wish this on Vick but he will get sacked and injured. Who is Vick’s back up – Mike Tomlin ?

    Pittsburgh has reached zero-QB-depth status.

    Joe Flacco may be Joe Flacco, but how many games has he missed ?

  29. As a Bengals fan, I like to see every team’s best players make it through the year. I don’t like to see anyone get injured and surely dont celebrate it just because the team I root for is in the same division. Hope he gets back soon.

  30. justintuckrule says:
    Sep 27, 2015 11:18 PM
    Am I the only one who sees through the pats fans smarm? They think the repeat is in the bag. Please Giants!! Go on another run. The one thing those over-confident fans don’t want to see
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    The Giants are the only bit of unfinished business for the Pats. I’ll be rooting for them to be the opponent if the Pats are fortunate enough to get that far.

  31. I dislike the Steelers as much as any would expect. How anybody could find enjoyment in another man’s pain and agony shows exactly what type of a person you are.

  32. The AFC is a joke aside from Pitt and NE. The QB goes down? UGH..Pats fan here..Pats will most likely represent the AFC anyway..but stinks to see him go down

  33. Please Giants!! Go on another run.

    ———————

    That’s funny–they’re not good enough to be in the discussion though. They’ll take their usual spot on the couch at the beginning of the playoffs again this year.

  34. I fully expect Maurice Jones Drew to tweet how big of a pansy Big Ben is for going out. That’s what happened when Cutler went out with the same injury, right?

  35. Rookie referee doesn’t yet know the rules. Clearly an illegal hit yet no flag. Only the Cindy Brady’s of the NFL get those calls.

    Come on NFL??? You’re approaching WW status…

  36. As a Ravens fan I assure you that few people hate the Steelers more than me. That said I have always admired Ben and hope he gets back soon. If the Ravens are somehow able to turn around this disaster of a season I don’t want it to be because Ben got hurt.

    Get well Ben!!

  37. bostontdparty, Steelers had the easy road the last 2 SB wins? Last Super bowl title they beat the Chargers, Ravens and Cardinals. The one before they were the 6th seed rolling thru the Bengals, Colts, Broncos, and Seahawks. Neither were the “easy” road just because they didn’t go thru New England.

  38. Dirty hit or not, it should have at least been flagged. Barron probably learned that technique from Nick Saban. If he’d hit Tom Brady like that, he’d have been arrested.

  39. 6superbowls says:
    Sep 28, 2015 9:19 AM
    Rookie referee doesn’t yet know the rules. Clearly an illegal hit yet no flag. Only the Cindy Brady’s of the NFL get those calls.

    Come on NFL??? You’re approaching WW status…

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I love the Steelers. I’m a third generation fan and I’m raising fourth generations fans. That was not an illegal hit.

    If a player is being blocked to the ground and their momentum carries them into the quarterback it is not a penalty. It was incredibly unfortunate, and live it looked like it was a season ender, but it was not dirty or intentional. I’m sure Barron feels bad for causing an injury.

    I fully expect Ben to be back on the field in 4 weeks, totally not ready to play yet, just like he was with his ankle. I wonder if anyone can convince Byron Leftwich to come out of retirement for a month?

  40. hate to see players go down with injury. As a bengals fan I hope he is back on the field for them soon. Doesn’t seem right to see Vick under center for the Steelers.

  41. Think about how much pain you feel when you simply bump a healthy knee and they try and tell me that he’s a drama queen.

  42. Great! He’ll be back just in time for the Bengals game, and a nice gift of Kimo van Karma for the rest of the season!

  43. “I love the Steelers. I’m a third generation fan and I’m raising fourth generations fans. That was not an illegal hit.

    If a player is being blocked to the ground and their momentum carries them into the quarterback it is not a penalty. It was incredibly unfortunate, and live it looked like it was a season ender, but it was not dirty or intentional. ”

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    What game were you watching? NO one even touched the guy let alone blocked him into Ben! He stumbled on his own and did nothing to avoid the knee.

    Furthermore, It doesn’t matter what you “believe” as the rule is clear. It SHOULD have been a penalty accouding to the rules.

    The NFL rule book states that a “rushing defender is prohibited from forcibly hitting in the knee area or below a passer who has one or both feet on the ground.”

  44. Hopefully the giant pumpkin headed Ben will come back too early because he’s so macho and such a tough guy. His knee will be a bit unstable and someone will plant their helmet into his knee, shredding his ACL and if lucky maybe suffer some traumatic nerve injury as well. Ben will finally get what he deserves and all the dopes In “steelers nation” the ones who’ve never even sniffed Pittsburgh (probably a good thing) will crawl back under their rocks and emerge as Seahawks fans or cowboys fans or whatever team is playing well. Too bad Ben wasn’t crippled and the MRI showed he had bone cancer as well. His buddy Hoge is having heart surgery hopefully he won’t get off the table. This time

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