Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger won’t return for at least another three games after this injury. Photo Credit: Don Wright, Associated Press
Things are looking grim for Ben Roethlisberger, and possibly the Steelers’ division title hopes. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is currently out of action with an injured shoulder and rib, the latter of which could kill him if he returns to action too soon. And now, doctors have prognosticated that Roethlisberger will miss at least the next three games.. And that’s the “best-case scenario”, according to the doctors. It’s quite possible Roethlisberger will miss the next month, or even more time beyond that.
The Steelers are currently 6-3, and only one game behind the Ravens (7-2). In order to win the division, they’ll likely have to beat Baltimore at least once, but they play both of their games against the Ravens in the next three weeks ( they host Baltimore tonight, then play Cleveland next week, then travel to Baltimore the week after that). If the doctors are correct, then the Steelers will be sans Roethlisberger for both of those important divisional games against the Ravens.
Roethlisberger was playing at a Pro Bowl caliber level before he got hurt, and its likely that the longer he’s out, the dimmer the Steelers’ chance is of winning the AFC North, or even making the playoffs. Byron Leftwich will start in Roethlisberger’s stead. Keep in mind, this is a team that’s already missing one of its best receivers in Antonio Brown, and key defender Troy Polamalu. Pittsburgh’s proven to be a resilient team, but losing their franchise quarterback for an extended amount of time might be too much for their division title and playoff hopes.