Ben Roethlisberger says 2015 injury vs. Rams delaying his return

Ben Roethlisberger explained why his return date from his torn meniscus might be longer than expected. 

On Wednesday, Big Ben told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook that doctors found lingering effects from a knee injury sustained during last year's Week 3 win in St. Louis during his surgery on Monday, which is why it has been reported that Roethlisberger could now miss 4-6 weeks. 

"Doc says my knee looked good, but there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis," Roethlisberger said. "He said that might keep me out a little longer than just a simple meniscus tear. Maybe an extra week or so. But there's no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel."

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The bone bruise suffered in St. Louis sidelined Roethlisberger for four weeks in 2015, as the Steelers went 2-2 with Big Ben on the mend. All told, Roethlisberger sustained four noteworthy injuries last season that included a mid foot injury in Week 9, suffering concussion like symptoms in Week 12, and sustaining an injury to his throwing shoulder in Pittsburgh's wild card victory over the Bengals. 

Roethlisbeger has played in all 16 games in a season just three times. In all, he's missed 15 games in his career due to injuries. 

And while he can't be on the field to face the Patriots on Sunday, Big Ben hopes that he can be on the sidelines to help Pittsburgh's Landry Jones, who will make his third career start this Sunday at Heinz Field. 

"I want to do everything I can to help him," Roethlisberger said. "I just hope coach lets me be on the sideline Sunday."

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