ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the “best case scenario” for Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a return to the team in three weeks, and that’s likely the absolute quickest time Roethlisberger can return in. Mortensen gave this report on Sunday Countdown, and Steelers fans will be hoping that Roethlisberger can make it in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers as this best case.
He injured both his rib and shoulder last week in a tough win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and it is easy to see that the Steelers desperately need their tough-as-nails QB as quick as possible. Roethlisberger has been the second best quarterback in the AFC this season behind Tom Brady, and it’s going to be interesting to see how well Byron Leftwich can do for the next few weeks.
The Steelers already have a huge test today, in the form of a division rivalry game against the Baltimore Ravens. Rashard Mendenhall is back in the fold and will be starting, and it is going to be up to Mendenhall and the Steelers running game to open things up for Leftwich and make his job easier.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to return in Week 13.
Roethlisberger’s rib injury will likely cost him five more weeks, especially since the dislocated rib is extremely dangerous due to the danger of it hitting is aorta.
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