Doctor predicts Ben Roethlisberger to miss up to 3 weeks

Ben Roethlisberger's MRI did reveal some good things for Big Ben and the Steelers. 

Longtime NFL Doctor David J. Chao said that three weeks is the normal recovery time for Roethlisberger's torn meniscus surgery but to not count out Big Ben from coming back sooner. If that's the case, Roehtlisberger would only miss Pittsburgh's next game against the Patriots, a game he has already been ruled out for. The Steelers then will head into their bye week before facing the Ravens and Cowboys in consecutive weeks. 

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger's surgery won't be as extreme as possibly thought. Big Ben has only been officially ruled out of Sunday's home game against the 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. 

Dr. Chao also referenced Philip Rivers, who came back to face the Patriots in the 2007 AFC title game less than a week after getting his knee scoped. 

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Roeethlisberger suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's loss in Miami. Despite the injury, Roehtlisberger played the entire second half after sitting out just one full possession to end the first half. With a battered Big Ben under center late in the fourth quarter, the Steelers had their best march of the game, driving 97 yards in 10 plays that culminated in Roethlisberger's gorgeous 23-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton, his first career touchdown catch. 

"I don't know how it happened, I just felt something funny in my knee," Roethlisberger said after the game prior to getting the specifics of his injury. "D0n't know anything yet. I'll know tonight. We'll just pray that it's not too serious."

Pittsburgh is 1-1 with Landry Jones at quarterback, with all both starts taking place in 2015, the first one coming when Jones relieved an injured Michael Vick. Jones then started over Roethlisberger -- who was coming back from a mid-foot injury suffered the previous week -- before getting injured himself early on in Pittsburgh's Week 10 matchup against the Browns. "Backup" Big Ben Roethlisberger, playing on one good foot, threw for 379 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' convincing victory over Cleveland. 

Jones' best performance as an NFL quarterback took place in Week 6 last season, when he threw two touchdown passes in the second half of Pittsburgh's 25-13 win over the Cardinals. 

While the Steelers have not revealed any information (as of midnight Sunday night) on his injury, expect Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to address the health of his quarterback following Monday's surgery. 

More information on Roethlisberger's injury as news develops. 

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