Steelers president and co-owner Art Rooney II told Ian Rapoport on Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger’s rehab could cost him anywhere between two to six weeks.
“I think that two to three is what you can characterize as best-case, but that’s what we’re hoping for,” Rooney said. “Two to six is probably a fair range that somebody can put on it.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger could end up missing four to six weeks after he recently underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Roethlisberger told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the doctors said his “knee looked good” but had buildup from last season’s bone bruise.
“But there’s no way to put an exact timetable on it,” Roethlisberger said, per Jeremy Fowler. “It depends on my pain and how I feel.”
Yesterday, Fowler reported that the Steelers were “cautiously optimistic” that Roethlisberger will return for their Week 9 game against the Ravens. However, it sounds like he’s more likely to miss extended time.
In Roethlisberger’s place, the Steelers will start Landry Jones this weekend.
Roethlisberger, 34, is in the second year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $64 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $17.75 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Roethlisberger had completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,685 yards to go along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 21 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Roethlisberger’s return as the news is available.