Steelback quarterback Roethlisberger undergoes left knee surgery

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the New England Patriots in Week 7 without the starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Ben Roethlisberger received surgery to tear the left knee meniscus. Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday via a team statement. Tomlin added no timetable had been set for the veteran quarterback’s return, but Steelers believe that the injury is not long-term.

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But Roethlisberger’s teammates began rallying around their backup now facing the most daunting task of his uneven career.

Roethlisberger played with the injury in the second half of the last game lost to Miami Dolphins jerseys after missing part of the second quarter with the injury.

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wholesale NFL jerseysAfter facing the Patriots in Week 7, Steelers go on bye in Week 8 and travel to Baltimore for a divisional showdown with the Ravens jerseys in Week 9.

Unlike the Patriots, the Steelers did not have a good bench at the quarterback position. There is a huge gap between Roethlisberger and the bench Landry Jones jerseys. Jones managed a 58.2 completion rate and 77.3 passer rating on 55 attempts when he replaced Roethlisberger appearance in the last season.

If the Steelers want to have any hope of keeping up with the Patriots, they don’t really have a choice. Several times over the past three years, Jones has seemingly found his roster spot in jeopardy only to survive and — in very limited instances — thrive.

Roethlisberger is not only an MVP candidate but also the league’s most important offensive player. Steelers can remain advantage in his absence in the short term. But if he wants to be absent for a long time, the AFC North door will swing wide open for the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals jerseys.