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QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 241Born: 3-2-1982College: Miami (OH)Drafted: Round 1, pick 11

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Ben Roethlisberger had surgery to trim a meniscus injury he suffered to his knee in Week 6. He is expected to miss Week 7, and the Steelers have a Week 8 bye. His status beyond that is still unclear, but it is possible he will return for Week 9.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 24): Roethlisberger (knee injury) was listed as out on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs KC 55 22 27 300 5 0 1 -1 0 0 34.9
5 vs NYJ 74 34 47 380 4 0 0 0 0 1 34
6 at MIA 50 19 34 189 1 2 0 0 0 0 11.45

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs MIA (19 / 34 / 189 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger had an afternoon that he would prefer to forget. The Steelers were only 3/11 (27%) with third down conversions as Roethlisberger was often under heavy pressure. After a Darrius Heyward-Bey rushing touchdown, the Steelers attempted a 2-point conversion. While under duress, Roethlisberger lobbed the ball up to LeVeon Bell, who made the reception completing the 2-point conversion. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his left knee while dropping back for a play-action pass. On the play, the Miami defender tripped swiped at Roethlisberger's right foot as he was rolling out causing him to stumble. Roethlisberger was intercepted on the pass by Rashad Jones who dove in front of Sammie Coates. Roethlisberger limped to the locker room after the play but returned to start the second half. He played with a noticeable limp the remainder of the game. Midway through the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 12, Roethlisberger made a poor decision to thrown to Sammie Coates, who was in double-coverage. The pass was underthrown and intercepted by Abdul-Quddus. Late 4th quarter with Miami leading 23-8, Roethlisberger led a 10 play, 97-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch putting the ball only where Hamilton could come down with it in the left corner of the end zone.

2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (34 / 47 / 380 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable leading the Steelers offense as he faced very little defensive pressure from the Jets. Roethlisberger was content to pick the defense apart with short passes throughout the game. During the Steelers opening series on a 3rd and 7, Roethlisberger connected with Sammie Coates on a 72-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger dropped the pass into Coates hands as he was running down the right sideline. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 11 play 75-yard drive, which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, James was left uncovered for an easy touchdown pass. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 9 play 80-yard yard drive, which finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger had time to wait for Brown to find a soft spot in the defense. On the next series, Roethlisberger fumbled in the red zone as was waiting for a play to develop. Roethlisberger finished off the game with a 12 play 79-yard touchdown drive, capped off with his 4th touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yard touchdown pass to Coates. On the play, Roethlisberger fired the pass across the middle to Coates, who was running a crossing-route.

2016 Week 4 vs KC (22 / 27 / 300 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable and in control of the Steelers offensive machine. Roethlisberger threw for more touchdowns than incomplete passes. On the Steelers first play from scrimmage, Ben Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Sammie Coates streaking down the right sideline for a 48-yard pass. Mid 1st quarter on 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey uncovered for an easy 31-yard touchdown pass. On the following 2-point conversion, Roethlisberger completed a pass to Markus Wheaton. After a KC turnover, Roethlisberger completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger displayed patience waiting for Brown to get to an open spot. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown of the 1st quarter, a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was left in one-on-one coverage and capitalized yet again. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed 14 out of 17 passes for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger kept his foot on the pedal with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton.

2016 Week 3 vs PHI (24 / 44 / 257 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find any rhythm as the offensive line dealt with pressure throughout the game giving up 4 sacks. Many of Roethlisberger's passes were high and off the mark or dropped. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 41-yard pass to Sammie Coates. However, the Steelers were not able to keep momentum and both drives stalled, one leading to a missed FG attempt and the other to a FG. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was sacked while under pressure coughing up a fumble. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a deep pass in the end-zone intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Philadelphia defender turned around just as the ball was coming down to make the interception.

2016 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 37 / 259 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was inconsistent as he battled both slick conditions and a fierce Bengals pass rush. Roethlisberger went to his 2nd and 3rd passing options with the majority of his pass attempts. Mid 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 from the Bengals 37-yard line, the Steelers decided to go for it. The wet ball slipped out of Roethlisberger's hands as the pass ended up behind Antonio Brown leading to an interception by Adam Jones. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger scrambled and pivoted out of the pocket, while extending the play, as he lobbed up a pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates for a 44-yard gain. A couple plays later, Roethlisberger found TE Xavier Grimble running a post-route for a 21 yard passing touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball high where only Grimble could come down with the pass before he dove into the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass down the right sideline for his 2nd interception of the half. The pass was intended for Sammie Coates but Bengals CB Dre Kirpatrick had position on Coates and came down with the deep pass. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a perfectly timed deep pass for Ciates for a 53-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger kept the momentum by throwing his 2nd touchdown pass of the afternoon. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a high pass to Jesse James who went up and came down with the 9-yard touchdown reception. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by scrambling forward and ran for a 14-yard gain to the Bengals five-yard line. A few plays later on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found Williams for his 3rd touchdown pass of the afternoon. Williams was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown pass.

2016 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient with finding the opening receiver. Roethlisberger started the game out of the no-huddle formation in multiple wide receiver sets. During the opening series, the Steelers offense went 3 and out. During the next series, the Steelers offense started to move the ball with a couple of quick slants before Roethlisberger threw an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger expected wide receiver Eli Rogers to continue his route rather than sitting down for the pass. Thus, the pass went through Rogers hands deflecting into a Washington defender. Unable to find any rhythm in the no-huddle formation, Roethlisberger started the 3rd series under center. On the Steelers first play under center, Ryan Kerrigan was able to apply pressure and stripped the ball which resulted in a fumble. Maurkice Pouncey was able to recover the fumble for the Steelers. Roethlisberger converted the next two passes, a 14 yard pass to DeAngelo Williams and a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown. A few plays later on a 4th and 1 from the Redskins 29 yard line, Roethlisberger called an audible after recognizing Brown in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown pass. On the scoring drive, Roethlisberger completed 5 out of 6 passes for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with quick slants to Jesse James and Williams. On 4th and 1, Roethlisberger found Rogers over the middle for a 19 yard pass. A few plays later on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Roethlisberger pass was deflected off of Sammie Coates and into Rogers hands for the Steelers 2nd touchdown. During the first half, Roethlisberger was efficient, completing 8 out of 8 passes on 3rd or 4th down pass attempts, for 100 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger continued his efficiency in the 3rd quarter by finding Brown for a 17 yard pass on 3rd down. The drive stalled resulting in a Steelers field goal. On the next series, Roethlisberger fielded a bad snap and threw a perfect 42 yard pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates. A couple of plays later on 3rd and 3, Roethlisberger found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a 26 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed precision nailing the pass right over Brown's left shoulder. Mid 4th quarter, on a 2nd and 19, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by stepping up in the pocket and throwing up a wobbly 21 yard pass to Brown.


Latest News

Steelers | Week week Inactives (Sun Oct 23, 03:23 PM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared QB Ben Roethlisberger, DL Cameron Heyward, C Cody Wallace, RB DeAngelo Williams, OT Marcus Gilbert, WR Markus Wheaton, SS Shamarko Thomas inactive for Week week.

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger could play in Week 9 (Sun Oct 23, 10:14 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) could return to action as soon as Week 9's game against the Baltimore Ravens, despite an initial diagnosis that he would be sidelined for four to six weeks with a torn left meniscus, according to multiple team sources. He has already been ruled out for Week 7's game against the New England Patriots and the club has a bye in Week 8.

Our View: Don't bail on your Steelers yet. Roethlisberger generally returns at the early end on injury timelines.
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Dolphins | Ndamukong Suh won't be fined (Sat Oct 22, 10:52 AM) - The National Football League has decided not to fine Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh for kicking Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the right knee during the fourth quarter of Week 6's game. Roethlisberger, who will miss Week 7's game against the New England Patriots after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, received a bruise on his right knee after Suh kicked him.

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Steelers | Friday injury report for Steelers (Fri Oct 21, 05:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), SS Shamarko Thomas (groin), C Cody Wallace (knee) and WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and have been ruled out for Week 7. DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle) was limited during practice but is not on the injury report. FS Robert Golden (foot), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Steelers | Big Ben could miss just 2-3 weeks (Wed Oct 19, 11:16 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) might miss just two to three weeks due to his torn meniscus. Team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday, Oct. 19, that the two- to three-week timetable is a 'best case' scenario.

Our View: We're not so sure that is realistic or a good choice. The Steelers need him though, and if they lose again this weekend, the pressure might be on to get him back in the lineup.
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