Mike Tomlin noted in today’s press conference that Ben Roethlisberger is progressing well. While that appears to be true, there is still no exact timetable for when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise quarterback will return.
Appearing on 93.7 The Fan today, Roethlisberger denied the reports of him returning in three weeks to play on October 25th against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“That does not come from me or our doctors. I just left Dr. Bradley and he said, ‘Where do these reports come from that you’re coming back at a certain week? So that did not come from me, the Steelers or any of our doctor’s more importantly,” he told Ron Cook and Andrew Fillliponi.
Roethlisberger said the bone bruise he suffered is the most painful but feels like his leg is “flopping” when he walks without a brace because of the MCL sprain. It is very likely he wears a knee brace for at least a couple weeks once he returns to the field, giving his knee added stability.
‘I’m out this week, we’ll reevaluate it next week and see if and what I can do.’ To me, that’s the better way and maybe the more optimistic way to look at it. Rather than put a number on it, lets just take it one week at a time.”
He indicated his 4-6 week timetable still stands. It would still appear the earliest he could return is November 1st against the Cincinnati Bengals.