Tomlin releases statement after Roethlisberger undergoes surgery
Ben Roethlisberger's injury was addressed by Mike Tomlin on Monday, shorty after Big Ben had surgery performed on his torn meniscus. Here's what Tomlin had to say about Big
Here's what Tomlin had to say about Big Ben in a release obtained by ESPN's Adam Schefter:
"Ben Roethlisberger underwent a successful outpatient arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. He is now recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery.
"Though we do not know a specific time table for when he will be able to return to the field, we are confident that this is injury is not long-term."
Roethlisberger has already been ruled out of Sunday's game, although Tom Brady and the Patriots are reportedly preparing to face Pittsburgh's two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback. And while the Tomlin did not give a return date, some reports have suggested that Big Ben could be sidelined up to three weeks, as Pittsburgh has a bye and a matchup in Baltimore following Sunday's home game against New England.
Roethlisberger suffered the left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. Backup quarterback Landry Jones is expected to start in his place.
Jones only attempted one pass in relief of Roethlisberger in Week 6, and it fell incomplete. Big Ben was able to reenter the game, but he completed just 55.9 percent of his pass attempts and threw only one touchdown against two interceptions in the losing effort.
Jones, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, has appeared in 11 career games and made two starts when Roethlisberger was injured last year. In limited action, he has completed 32 of his 52 pass attempts for 513 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. The 27-year-old Oklahoma product has a career passer rating of 77.3.
The Steelers host the Patriots on Oct. 23 with kickoff slated for 4:25 p.m. EST on CBS.
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