Ben Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee Sunday at Miami and will miss next week’s home game against the Patriots, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Dolphins’ Jordan Phillips grasped Roethlisberger’s foot in the second quarter and the Steelers’ quarterback threw an interception on the play. Roethlisberger left the game and returned in the second half, throwing another interception on the Steelers’ first possession after halftime in a 30-15 loss.
Landry Jones is expected to start in Roethlisberger’s place against the Patriots (5-1). The only pass he threw in place of Roethlisberger Sunday was incomplete. The 27-year-old appeared in seven games last season and completed 32 of 55 passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions. He went 1-1 as a starter.
The Steelers (4-2) are 2-8 all-time against Tom Brady-led Patriots teams. On Sunday, they’ll have to try to beat them without Roethlisberger.
According to NFL.com, the Steelers won’t know how long Roethlisberger will be out until he has surgery to repair the torn meniscus. After a bye in Week 8, the Steelers visit the Ravens in Week 9. There’s a chance he’ll miss only the New England game, but depending on the severity of the injury he could be out “indefinitely.”
Roethlisberger, 34, has started 16 games in a season just three times in his career, most recently in 2014. He missed a career-high five starts last season.