Art Rooney II Says Roethlisberger’s Projected Recovery Time Is ‘Two Or Three Weeks’


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday morning to clean up the meniscus in his left knee that he damaged in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins and while head coach Mike Tomlin refused to put a timetable on when he might return when he held his weekly press conference on Tuesday, it appears though team president Art Rooney II already has one in mind.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Rooney II said Roethlisberger’s projected recovery time is “two or three weeks.”

Based on that, Roethlisberger will hopefully be back for the Steelers post-bye game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Rooney’s projection matches the one Melanie Friedlander gave in her Tuesday breakdown of Roethlisberger’s minor surgery. If you haven’t read that yet, I highly suggest that you do.

“Keeping my fingers crossed,” Rooney said, according to Bell. “They’re always different cases.”


Roethlisberger injured his left knee while attempting to avoid a sack in the second quarter of the game against the Dolphins. While he did leave the game in order to go to the locker room to have his knee examined by the team’s doctors, he was able to return and play the entire second half.

On Tuesday, Tomlin was asked what led to his decision to let Roethlisberger return and play in the second half.

“He got medical clearance to do so and he was willing to do it,” said Tomlin. “So really, there wasn’t a lot of discussion. They analyzed him and evaluated him at the latter point of the second quarter while we were still on the field so that evaluation was pretty much complete by the time we got into the locker room. So there wasn’t a lot of discussion regarding that. He went back out after halftime, moved around a little bit, felt good enough to go, so we went forward.”

During the second half, Roethlisberger completed just 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 148 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

With Roethlisberger already ruled out for Sunday’s home game against the New England Patriots, backup Landry Jones is now set to make his third career start in his absence.

  • Mrs Bighead

    It’s going to make the game vs Baltimore a must win. No way they win vs New England

  • Jason

    “Must win” is a term thrown around way too often and that’s the case here. A loss to NE and we’re 4-3. Although beating the Ravens in Baltimore would be huge I think we generally expect a split with them and with a Christmas Day home game vs Baltimore later on I think that’s a reasonable expectation. Losing to the Raves would put us at 4-4 so calling that a must win would mean we expect the Ravens or Bengals to win 12 or so games. Not happening. 10-6 wins this division.

  • Jacob

    Rooney probably felt bad about Tomlin leaving Steelers nation in the dark. Thanks Art!

  • Sonny Saks

    Had a dream last night Landry threw for 380 and 3tds

  • Mrs Bighead

    Hard to see this jeckyl and Hyde act going 6-2 down the stretch to get to 10-6

  • Zarbor

    Keep dreaming for the rest of us….

  • Zarbor

    I wouldn’t say no way. Stranger things have happened. But I would say, not wishing, if Brady goes down, we have a game. Apart from that, its going to be full exposure of Butler and that inept defense.

    People might be asking for a new d-coordinator after this one. They might even start looking at Colbert. BTW, all Ravens games are must-win because its the Ratbirds. If you are talking must win for the playoffs and division, not so much. We play them twice.

  • Jason

    Is it easier to see the Bengals finishing 8-2 or the Ravens 7-3?

  • Patrick J Brophy

    I just heard on the Dan Patrick Show 4-6 weeks?

  • Don Lowery

    I’m NOT a Landry Jones fan. Not at all. ………That being said……….If i were him i’d be really pissed at all the naysayers. I’d wanna go out there and light em up. Is that possiable? ANY GIVEN SUNDAY FOLKS!!!