ESPN: Steelers hope to have Big Ben back for Week 9 vs. Ravens

Ben Roethlisberger was once again ruled out of Sunday's game against New England, as Mike Tomlin addressed the media during Tuesday's weekly press conference. Roethlisberger is at home recovering from Monday's surgery for his torn meniscus. 

Tomlin did not give a time table for Big Ben's return, but ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Pittsburgh is cautiously optimistic that they will have Roethlisberger back for Pittsburgh's Week 9 matchup in Baltimore. 

"When he is healthy, he'll be back with us," Tomlin said. 

With Roethlisberger out, Tomlin said that Landry Jones will get all of the Steelers' first team reps during this week's practices, as Pittsburgh prepares to face the 5-1 Patriots this weekend at Heinz Field.

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Roethlisberger suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins but remained the game after missing just one possession. Big Ben later said that he banged up his right knee during the second half of Sunday's game, a 30-15 loss in Miami. 

Tomlin defended keeping Roethlisberger in the game, saying that the medical staff gave Big Ben clearance to remain in the game after being evaluated in the locker room after suffering the injury. 

The Steelers' coach deferred any questions about what role Big Ben might play on the sidelines on Sunday, as Tomlin coach said that the only focus with regard to Roethlisberger is his recovery from Monday's surgery. 

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