Steelers ‘confident’ Ben Roethlisberger won’t miss extended time

Ben Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday morning, and the Steelers are hoping he doesn’t have to miss more than one game.

Pro Football Talk reported before the surgery that the procedure was expected to be a “cleanup” and not a “repair,” which will allow him to recover quicker.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement after the surgery.

The Steelers (4-2) play the Patriots (5-1) Sunday at Heinz Field. Landry Jones is expected to make his third NFL start. He replaced an injured Michael Vick against the Cardinals in Week 6 last season in Pittsburgh, completing eight of his 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers trailed 10-6 when Jones entered in the third quarter and won 25-13. The Steelers lost the only game that Jones played from start to finish last season.

After hosing the Patriots, the Steelers have a bye in Week 8 and play at Baltimore in Week 9. Roethlisberger could return by then.

Roethlisberger was injured in the second quarter Sunday when Dolphins defensive lineman Jordan Phillips grabbed his foot. Roethlisberger broke free but hurt his knee on the play and left the game. He returned and played the entire second half.

The Steelers lost 30-15, but remain in first place in the AFC North because the Bengals and Ravens both lost.