The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has has returned much sooner than expected from injuries in the past, and it seems like he’s doing it again. After Roethlisberger hurt his knee in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, reports said he’d miss 4-6 weeks. That seemed fair, and we thought that maybe the tough Roethlisberger would end up on the short side of that timetable and miss just four weeks.
It looks like Roethlisberger will miss one game.
Roethlisberger is back at practice this week and it seems like he’ll play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that Roethlisberger is on track to start this week. That means his recovery time from a torn meniscus would consist of missing a game against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh’s bye week. He had surgery on Oct. 17.
“He looked good out there today, knows what he’s supposed to do, made some good throws,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said after Thursday’s practice, according to the Post-Gazette. “We’ll see, or coach [Mike Tomlin] will see.”
Getting Roethlisberger back would be huge for the Steelers. Instead of being without their quarterback for as many as five games, they were without him against the Patriots – a game they might have lost with Roethlisberger – and that’s it. Assuming Roethlisberger is close to 100 percent and doesn’t have any setbacks by coming back too soon, the Steelers can resume their quest to get an AFC North title and a first-round bye, although some AFC West teams will have a say in the latter.
And if there’s a lesson here, it’s that the next time Roethlisberger suffers a major injury, let’s take the recovery timetable and cut it in half.