Ben Roethlisberger has suffered a sprained MCL on his left knee. The latest Roethlisberger injury update confirms that he will miss at least four to six weeks recovering. A report from ESPN states that the team will provide an official update on his status during a Monday, September 28 press conference.
The small good news seems to indicate that Roethlisberger did not tear the ACL in his knee, limiting the amount of rehab he will need to get back on the field. The injury itself took place with 5:35 left in the third quarter in a game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, September 27. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback was hit on a blitz just below his left knee. Now he will have to miss quite a few games, impacting not just how the Steelers do in that span, but how fantasy football owners react.
This Ben Roethlisberger injury news is particularly tough to take due to the success that he had so far in the 2015 NFL season. Through parts of three games, he already had 912 passing yards and four touchdown passes to his credit. On Sunday, he had completed 20-of-24 passes for 192 yards when he got hurt. His completion percentage is at the highest it has been over his entire NFL career, as Roethlisberger has completed 67-of-89 passes so far in an impressive showing.
On Sunday, Michael Vick came in at quarterback to finish off the game. He completed 5-of-6 passes for 38 yards, but got sacked two times during his short time on the field. Vick is likely to be named the starting quarterback in the short-term, giving the Steelers a completely different look on offense. It might even make him someone worth picking up by fantasy football owners, as he still gets to work with weapons like running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown in the coming weeks.
The next game for the Pittsburgh Steelers comes on October 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s a Thursday night game, giving the team very little time to get the game plan together. Following that game, the Steelers will play the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs in successive weeks. It’s possible that the Ben Roethlisberger injury could become a thing of the past by that point, but he could also miss three games to open the month of November as well. A more specific prognosis is expected to come out on Monday.
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