While the news certainly isn't good regarding Ben Roethlisberger, his MRI did reveal some encouraging things for the Steelers.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers' surgery won't be as extreme as initially thought. Big Ben has only been officially ruled out of Sunday's home game against the New England Patriots.
"Doctors expect it to be a clean up of Ben Roethlisberger's meniscus, not a full repair, per source. (A) quicker recovery," Schefter wrote late Sunday night.
Longtime NFL Doctor David J. Chao has stated that the normal recovery time for Roethlisberger's torn meniscus surgery is three weeks. However, there is always a chance that Roethlisberger could return sooner, as Chao referenced San Diego Chargers' QB Philip Rivers who came back to face the Patriots in the 2007 AFC title game less than a week after getting his knee scoped.
The Steelers play the Patriots, then head into their bye week before taking on the Ravens and Cowboys in consecutive weeks. It appears there is a good chance that Roethlisberger could return to face either Baltimore or Dallas.
This is extremely good news, as any extended absence could be very costly to the team. Backup quarterback Landry Jones has appeared in 11 NFL games and started two games for Pittsburgh when Roethlisberger went down with an injury. In limited action, he has completed 32 of his 52 pass attempts for 513 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Jones will have a tough test in New England.
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