The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a big injury on Sunday in their loss to the Miami Dolphins and on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the Monday knee surgery that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) had performed in addition to the health of the rest of his roster as they prepare to play the New England Patriots this coming Sunday at Heinz Field.
Tomlin said that Roethlisberger will be out this week. He refused to speculate as to when he will return. With Roethlisberger out, Tomlin said Landry Jones will be the starter on Sunday and that he’ll receive all of the first-team reps this week during practice.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward (hamstring) and center/guard Cody Wallace (knee) were also ruled out for the Patriots game by Tomlin on Tuesday.
Tomlin went on to say that the status of wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), safety Shamarko Thomas (groin), and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) for Sunday is still up in the air right now and that all four will be monitored throughout the week.
The same goes for safety Mike Mitchell (knee), running back DeAngelo Williams (knee), and safety Robert Golden (foot), according to Tomlin. The team will use their practice participation as a guide this week.
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