Report: Ben Roethlisberger ‘progressing ahead of schedule’

By David Kenyon

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be without Ben Roethlisberger for long, but they actually might not miss the quarterback at all.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a source said Big Ben is “progressing ahead of schedule” since he’s already out of the walking boot he was expected to be in throughout the week.

Roethlisberger exited last Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders after sustaining a mid-foot sprain. The 33-year-old was carted off the field, a deflating sight considering he had recently returned from an MCL injury.

However, if Roethlisberger is able to return without missing action, it would boost an offense that must continue sans star running back Le’Veon Bell. Head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are leaving the door open “slightly ajar” for Big Ben to return against the Browns.

The biggest question now turns to whether or not Roethlisberger should play. Even with Landry Jones under center, Pittsburgh has a significant chance to beat Cleveland. After all, Jones led the team to a home victory over the Arizona Cardinals and closed out the Raiders last week.

Plus, the Steelers have a bye in Week 11 before traveling to face the Seattle Seahawks, hosting the Indianapolis Colts and challenging the Cincinnati Bengals on the road. It’s important for Roethlisberger to be ready for that stretch.

Rest assured, Big Ben’s status will be closely monitored leading up to Sunday.