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Knee surgery today required

Meniscus trim in left knee expected.

Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, they probably lost their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, for at least this week's game against the New England Patriots.

According to the Post-Gazette Roethlisberger will undergo surgery on the meniscus in his left knee. He hurt the knee during the play in which he threw an interception to Reshad Jones after being smacked in the right ankle by pass-rusher Jordan Phillips.

Roethlisberger left the game but returned to play in the second half.

Roethlisberger underwent an MRI upon returning to Pittsburgh and the Steelers have put no time frame on his return. However, since he returned to the game and played the entire second half, the hope is that the quarterback will return to action in three Sundays, following the bye, to play against the Baltimore Ravens.

Landry Jones, who started two games last season, would start Sunday's game against the Patriots.

The Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-13, and beat the Cleveland Browns, 30-9, in Jones' two starts.

Jones played in six games last season and compiled a passer rating of 58.2. He also relieved Roethlisberger in the playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals and compiled a passer rating of 40.0. Jones' only pass attempt yesterday was a third-and-1 incompletion.

(Read Jim Wexell's thoughts on the loss to the Dolphins here on the South Side Message board.)


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