Report: Roethlisberger suffers torn meniscus, Jones to start

Ben Roethlisberger is now expected to miss time under center.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tore the meniscus in his left knee, according Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette. Roethlisberger is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday.

Per Cook, backup quarterback Landry Jones is now expected to start in place of Roethlisberger for the Steelers against the New England Patriots in Week 7.

Roethlisberger suffered a left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. 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.

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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.

This is a major development, as Pittsburgh's matchup with the Patriots is supposed to be a battle between AFC heavyweights. For the 4-2 Steelers to maintain that status, they'll need to rally around their backup quarterback for the foreseeable future.

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