Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan that he did individual work a little more than a week after he had surgery on the injured meniscus in his knee. He also said that he hopes to return to play against the Ravens in Week 9, something that he thinks would require getting in a fuller practice session in the days leading up to the game.
Reports have been all over the place and fall between 2-6 weeks for a Roethlisberger return. Our sources in Pittsburgh indicated last week that Ben likes to talk up an injury's timeline so that he looks "tough" upon his early return. Our source said the 4-6 timeframe came from Ben, while recently team president Art Rooney II called for a 2-3 timeline which would bring him back for Week 9.
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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Reports came out earlier this week that Roethlisberger is going to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery, but our source in Pittsburgh believes that he’s “playing up” the injury to look “tough” when he returns in Week 9 after the team’s bye. We’re recommending that owners stream the position and not cut ties with Roethlisberger until we see how his recovery is going around Week 9.
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Reports came out today that Roethlisberger is going to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery, but our source in Pittsburgh believes that he’s “playing up” the injury to look “tough” when he returns in Week 9 after the team’s bye. We’re recommending that owners stream the position and not cut ties with Roethlisberger until we see how his recovery is going around Week 9.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Reports came out today that Roethlisberger is going to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery, but our source in Pittsburgh believes that he’s “playing up” the injury to look “tough” when he returns in Week 9 after the team’s bye. We’re recommending that owners stream the position and not cut ties with Roethlisberger until we see how his recovery is going around Week 9.
This is obviously a blow to the entire Pittsburgh offense. Since 2015, Roethlisberger has missed four games, and the team's passing yards decreased by 45%, total points decreased by 25% and passing touchdowns decreased by 39%. So all the Pittsburgh receivers take a hit while Roethlisberger is out. Landry Jones will start in the interim. He has a career completion percentage of 57.1% with a good YPA (9.2) and a not-so-good TD-to-INT ratio (3:4). He may work his way into streaming consideration if things break his way, but this is a sizable downgrade at quarterback. Roethlisberger's absence might benefit Bell, who tends to see more carries when his quarterback his out. But last season that increase in carries was offset by a reduced role in the passing game, so it looks like a wash for Bell. UPDATE: Our source in Pittsburgh said that the timeline came from Roethlisberger, who tends to “play up” his injuries so that he looks “tough” when he returns early. Our source said that he was told Roethlisberger is expected to return in Week 9 after the team’s bye. So owners should stream for the next couple of weeks and see how his recovery is going at that point.
Tomlin won't speculate when Roethlisberger will return. Backup Landry Jones will get all the practice reps this week.
Roethlisberger injured his left meniscus during the second quarter of Sunday's 30-15 loss in Miami. He left the game but returned in the second half and finished the game. Afterward he said he felt “something funny” in the knee.
Roethlisberger is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery, Tomlin said.
“Though we do not know a specific timetable for when he will be able to return to the field, we are confident this injury is not long-term,” Tomlin added.
Related players: Landry Jones
Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to "trim" a torn meniscus in his left knee, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the news of Roethlisberger's injury.
The 34-year-old signal-caller played through pain in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins after missing the majority of the second quarter with the injury. Roethlisberger described his knee as "black and blue" after the game, per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Related players: Landry Jones
As long as it's not a full repair, the timing seems pretty good for the Steelers who have a bye Week 8. The hope is Ben would be back for Baltimore in Week 9. If it's a full repair, he would be out indefinitely. There will be a more definitive timetable after the surgery and we'll keep you updated. It's expected Landry Jones gets the start in Week 7.
Roethlisberger told reporters after the game he would get an MRI on his "black and blue" knee Sunday night, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Related players: Landry Jones
Roethlisberger was caught from behind on a second quarter interception by Dolphins defensive end Jordan Phillips, who nicked the quarterback's foot during a rollout. Roethlisberger sat uncomfortably on the ground for a few moments before limping off the field. He was officially listed as questionable to return and eventually returned in the second half but reports said he didn't look 100-percent. The Steelers have a bye in Week 8 and if Ben can't go next week, Landry Jones would get the start.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee midway through the second quarter on a pass that was eventually intercepted by Dolphins safety Reshad Jones. As Roethlisberger rolled right, he was tripped by defensive lineman Jordan Phillips, but maintained his balance just before throwing downfield on a pass intended for Sammie Coates.
Roethlisberger limped from the field, and moments later, limped under his own power into the locker room. The team announced that Big Ben had sustained a left knee injury and that his return to Sunday's game is questionable.
NFL Red Zone showed Ben on the sideline with what looked like a wrap around his knee, but he appeared ready to go. Steelers Burt Lauten, the teams director of communications, announced Ben will return to the game.
Through three weeks, Brown led the NFL in targets with 40. Roethlisberger has thrown just 35 passes combined to the team's other wide receivers.
That means 53.3 percent of Steelers passes going to wide receivers have gone to Brown.
For comparison's sake, Mike Evans, No. 2 in the NFL in targets, has been targeted on 42.9 percent of Tampa Bay's throws to wide receivers.
The story went on to say in the past three seasons, when Brown had more catches than any player over a three-year span in NFL history, he accounted for 44.4 percent, 48.1 percent and 47.8 percent, respectively, of Steelers wideouts targets. But those teams had dynamic receivers like Martavis Bryant and Emmanuel Sanders.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday morning extolled the virtues of the versatile LeVeon Bell, the former All Pro running back who's one of the league's best pass-catchers at his position. Roethlisberger said to expect packages in which tailbacks Bell and DeAngelo Williams both take part in snaps.
“Listen, we're not going to put him in at wide receiver and use DeAngelo as the running back,” Roethlisberger said of Bell, who returns from a three-game suspension this week in advance of Sunday night's home game against Kansas City. “But we will, I think, have them both on the field and move him out of the backfield.
“We're not going to take the ‘RB' off in front of his name and put ‘WR” – but I definitely think he's one of our best receivers.”
When a team has two good-to-great running backs, this is something that is often said but doesn't always happen. The Steelers may be without Eli Rogers (toe), though they could move Markus Wheaton to the slot, where he played (very effectively, by the way) last season before moving to the outside. Bell could also line up as a receiver at times, which would force the defense to adjust. Williams may have standalone value this year, but that wasn't the case last year. Williams saw only 4.5 touches per game in the six games that he and Bell both played.
With Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell healthy, perhaps Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can find a way to capitalize on both tailback's talents. Both players were on the field at times during the third preseason game at New Orleans.
Bell is still be the fantasy back to own here, but Williams has at least earned some touches and snaps once Bell is back for Week 4. However, as the story said, the Steelers have seemed to favor more of a one-back game plan over the years.
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A sixth-round selection in the 2014 draft, Mettenberger finished 0-10 as a starter in Tennessee and did not play in the past two preseason games for San Diego.
In his only preseason action, Mettenberger completed 2 of 8 passes for 22 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception against the Titans.
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