Big Ben has knee surgery; no timeline for return

Ben Roethlisberger had arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee Monday morning, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are uncertain when their star quarterback will return.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced in a statement Monday afternoon that Roethlisberger underwent a “successful outpatient arthroscopic surgery” on his knee and is expected to “make a full recovery.”

Steelers positioned to survive Ben Roethlisberger knee injury

The Steelers should be able to weather Ben Roethlisberger’s absence for one week by relying on playmakers like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Tomlin’s statement also said that the Steelers are “confident” that Roethlisberger does not have a long-term injury.

The Steelers have not officially revealed details of the injury, but a source confirmed Sunday to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus that will definitely sideline him for Pittsburgh’s upcoming showdown against the New England Patriots.

Speaking on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he expects Roethlisberger back on the field sooner than later.

“He’s one of the toughest guys in the league. I would never rule him out for anything,” Brady said. “… He’s done that before and played and thrown for 400 yards. He’s just a stud, just an incredible player. I’ve played against him since 2004, and nothing surprises me with him. He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played against. I would never count him out.”

Roethlisberger’s injury was first reported Sunday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger was sidelined with 8:18 left in the first half of Pittsburgh’s 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He was running a bootleg away from Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams, who appeared to nick Roethlisberger’s leg as the quarterback made his way out of the pocket.

Roethlisberger said after the game that he “felt something funny in my knee,” which prompted a trip to the locker room.

Upon a first evaluation, the team doctor thought Roethlisberger’s leg had hyperextended from the contact, said Roethlisberger, who also has bruising in his right knee from a separate, late-game collision.

Backup Landry Jones played one full series in place of Roethlisberger, who finished 19-of-34 for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Roethlisberger played the entire second half.

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