After initially hearing that Steelers’ Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have even been available on Sunday following a very small procedure on his left knee, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Big Ben is likely to miss the next four to six weeks of the 2016 season.
With the BYE week coming up following the New England game, that means Roethlisberger would likely miss games at Baltimore, home against Dallas and at Cleveland. He could then return as early as the Thanskgiving Day game against Indianapolis.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 19, 2016
The Steelers have done remarkably well without Roethlisberger during his time in Pittsburgh with a record of just slightly over the .500 mark. If we assume the Steelers lose the next three games (I’m just being realistic here folks), then that puts the team at 4-5 heading into the game against the Colts.
With the AFC North not exactly a juggernaut this year, I don’t think it is out of the realm of possibilities for the Steelers to be just fine in terms of still earning a playoff berth. That said, it appears likely that those three final games, all against divisional opponents could ultimately decide the fate of this team.
What is also an important thing to note is this is yet another opportunity to wonder what might have been. Our ‘Killer B’s’ have been on the field together so rarely that we will likely never know just how good and how far this team may have gone. Whether by injury or by poor choices the full potential of this offense will likely never be seen. That’s depressing on a number of levels.
I suspect we will get some type of update from the Steelers or Mike Tomlin in the coming hours or days so stay tuned. Either way, this season isn’t over yet. Long way to go!
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