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Roethlisberger to have surgery, timetable for return unknown

Sunday afternoon is one the Pittsburgh Steelers will want to erase from their memory bank relatively quick. Not only did the Steelers fall to the Miami Dolphins 30-15, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Roethlisberger will have surgery on Monday to repair what he is calling a “black and blue” knee. More information of his timetable to return won’t be known until he goes under the knife.

The injury occurred in the second quarter against Miami, when Roethlisberger was escaping pressure. Running to his right, he stopped and planted before airing the football. The play resulted in an interception. Roethlisberger’s knee buckled and he shortly after limped to the locker room for the remainder of the half.

Big Ben is one of the toughest and grittiest quarterbacks to ever play the position. Countless times he has played through injuries to keep his team afloat. That was once again he case on Sunday, as Roethlisberger played in the second half despite the injury.

With Roethlisberger being sidelined for at least this week’s home game against the New England Patriots, backup Landry Jones will get the start under center. That doesn’t bode well for the production of superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown, who isn’t the same player without his quarterback.

The Steelers offense has taken off since the start of the 2015 season, but with Roethlisberger not playing, the production drops off heavily. Pittsburgh scores seven less points per game, racks up 90 less yards per game and a lot less passing yards.

When Roethlisberger got injured a season ago, Jones was called upon, but did not fare well. He completed 58.2 percent of his passes and had a 77.3 passer rating in his 55 attempts throwing the football. With Jones getting the start, expect a heavy dose of the running back tandem of Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams.

This injury couldn’t come at a worse time with the Patriots coming to town. Tom Brady is hell bent on taking out all his suspension frustrations out on the opposition and without Roethlisberger, the Steelers might not be able to keep up.

The Steelers have yet to even be the least bit concerned to find a future replacement for Big Ben, who is 34-years old. Maybe this time they will take the time to either go out and trade for or sign a viable, veteran quarterback or concentrate on that matter in the draft.

If this injury is short-term, the Steelers can levy the storm in Roethlisberger’s absence. If this injury is much more than originally anticipated, Pittsburgh will be in a world of trouble. The defense isn’t all that good to begin with and certainly aren’t the defense of previous years where they can keep the team in games.

Luckily for the Steelers, after hosting New England, they go into their bye week, giving Roethlisberger another week to get healed up.

For Pittsburgh, Sunday was a nightmare of a day. The sooner Roethlisberger can return, the better off this team will be. If this injury happens to keep the future Hall of Fame quarterback out of action, it will not only test what the team is made of, but also what head coach Mike Tomlin is made of.

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