A sprained MCL has ruled out Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for 4-6 weeks, according to league sources. Roethlisberger picked up the injury midway through the third quarter during Sunday’s 12-6 win over hosts St. Louis Rams.
The injury didn’t involve a tear in the ACL of the knee, medical sources also confirmed. Mike Tomlin, coach of Steelers, confirmed that the team will provide further updates on the issue on Monday.
Roethlisberger was sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron with 5:35 seconds left; he was hit right below his left knee.
“I thought it was kind of low,” Ramon Foster said regarding the hit. “I think the NFL will look at it.”
“I stumbled a bit but on my way down I caught a piece of his leg,” Barron explained. “I’m not sure exactly what area it was but that’s what happened.”
Before the hit, Roethlisberger was 20-of-24 out of 192 yards with an interception. Michael Vick replaced Roethlisberger as quarterback. Vick signed of with 5-of-6 for 38 yards.
Apart from Vick, Steelers’ fate now rests on wide-receiver Antonio Brown who is in tremendous form this season.
“It’s always disheartening when your leader takes a fall and goes down,” said Brown, NFL’s receiver who scored 108 yards on 11 receptions. “I’ve never seen him down so it was a little shocking, so I just asked him how he was doing. He said he was all right and he’ll be back.”