UPDATE: Roethlisberger is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed back suspended running back Le’Veon Bell in Week 3, but the afternoon ended up being a somber win for the Steelers.
The start of the game was delayed by over 25 minutes due to the field catching on fire and that wasn’t the worst news of the day for Pittsburgh.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger then went down clutching his left knee following a stumbling sack by Rams safety Mark Barron in the third quarter. He was then helped off the field and carted to the locker room.
The extent of Roethlisberger’s injury is not known at this time but an MRI will be taking place tonight. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk had this to say about the MRI and injury:
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an MRI will be conducted Sunday night to determine the extent of the damage. At this point, they simply don’t know whether and to what extent ligaments are sprained or torn,” via profootballtalk.com.
The hit on Roethlisberger is similar to the one on Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs, and many analysts and former officials are questioning whether or not the hit on Big Ben was a legal one.
Former NFL VP of Officials Mike Pereira explains why he thinks that the hit was in fact an illegal one, according to the NFL rulebook.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 27, 2015
After the injury to Roethlisberger occurred, backup quarterback Michael Vick came in and looked fairly rusty against a stingy Rams’ defense. If the Steelers have to rely on Vick for the next several weeks there will probably be a heavy dose of Bell in order for the pressure to be taken off of Vick.