Big Ben officially out vs. Pats; Jones to get reps

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.

Without Big Ben, Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell ready to ‘€˜run the rock’ against Patriots

Asking Landry Jones to carve up the Patriots is asking a lot. The Steelers are going to need a healthy dose of Le’Veon Bell to offset the loss of Big Ben, and he’s ready.

Tomlin won’t speculate when Roethlisberger will return. Backup Landry Jones will get all the practice reps this week.

A source told ESPN that the Steelers are cautiously optimistic that Roethlisberger — who had surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee Monday — can play Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh is scheduled for a Week 8 bye.

Tomlin said Jones is a good communicator and is comfortable with the system in his fourth year.

“A shootout is not the type of game we’re looking for,” Tomlin said. “We have to work to possess the ball on offense.”

Roethlisberger suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Jones played one full series in place of Roethlisberger, who returned to play the entire second half and finished 19-of-34 for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

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