Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has only missed one game so far since spraining his left MCL in the Week 4 game against the St. Louis Rams and speculation is already mounting that he’ll only miss two more games.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Sunday, his sources have told him that all signs currently point to Roethlisberger possibly returning for the Steelers Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“While some on the Steelers have quietly said they would not be shocked to see Roethlisberger return before the end of October, at this point a safe estimate is Oct. 25 at Kansas City, barring any setbacks,” La Canfora wrote.
I want to make sure to point out that La Canfora’s report seems to be mostly based on speculation of others. Only the Steelers doctors know whether or not Roethlisberger is indeed ahead of schedule at this point. Regardless, the fact that Roethlisberger had already ditched his crutches as of Thursday night certainly was an encouraging sign.
Roethlisberger has never missed more than three games in a row due to an injury so far during his career so it’s not surprising that many are speculating that he’ll only miss three games this time around.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will address the media on Tuesday and I’m sure he’ll be asked to update the status of Roethlisberger during that press conference. If that indeed happens, I doubt Tomlin will put any timetable on a possible return for Roethlisberger as that wouldn’t be a prudent thing to do at this point.
All we really know at this point is that Roethlisberger has missed one game so far and barring a minor miracle, he’ll miss the Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers as well.