Ben Roethlisberger reportedly tears meniscus, facing uncertain timetable

Sunday was not a good day for the Steelers. Hours after losing to the Dolphins, the Steelers learned the fate of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who injured his knee during that loss.

According to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus and needs surgery.

Despite that uncertain timeline, Cook added that Roethlisberger might miss just one game. The Steelers face the Patriots next week and then have their bye week. After the Pats game, they won't play again until Nov. 6, when they travel to Baltimore. Cook reported that there's a chance Roethlisberger could be back in time for that game.

Even if it's for only one game, Landry Jones just entered the spotlight as the quarterback of arguably the most explosive offense in football. Jones did not play well in relief of Roethlisberger last year, completing 32 of 55 passes for 513 yards, three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 77.3 passer rating. He didn't do much Sunday, throwing just one pass before Roethlisberger re-entered the game.

The Jones-led Steelers will be overmatched against the Patriots, but they should feel fortunate that their bye week will follow that game. If Roethlisberger misses one game, the Steelers will survive with just one loss. At 4-2, the Steelers are ahead of the 3-3 Ravens and 2-4 Bengals in the AFC North, so they have some margin for error.

Yes, I intentionally left out the 0-6 Browns.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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