Pittsburgh Steelers: When will Ben Roethlisberger return?

There’s only one quarterback capable of going mano a mano with Tom Brady in the AFC (Sorry, Andrew Luck). The question now is whether we will get to see that heavyweight fight. Fans missed the chance in Week 7 due to a torn meniscus in Roethlisberger’s knee. The initial timetable for his return was 3–6 weeks, though in typical Big Ben fashion, he appears to be pushing the limits of his body. So will he return by Week 9 or 10, in time to contest the Patriots and whoever emerges out west for a playoff bye? Or might we not see Roethlisberger again until the final weeks of the season, at which point the Steelers very well might find themselves mired in a divisional quagmire with Baltimore and Cincinnati (who both now sit one game back)?

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