If there is one thing the Baltimore Ravens and their fans know probably better than any franchise in the NFL, you never, ever count out Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The dude is as tough as they come and no matter what injury he has, Roethlisberger will always do his best to get on the field with his teammates.
A few weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins, Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury that caused him to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and he was scheduled to miss 4-6 weeks. Roethlisberger missed the Steelers game against the New England Patriots, but he is determined to make it to this Sunday's AFC North showdown with the Ravens in Baltimore.
He could very well be on track because on Monday, the Steelers quarterback returned to the practice field just two weeks after having knee surgery. Roethlisberger ran the offense through 7-on-7s and the hurry-up drill. While Roethlisberger could very well play, the Steelers are still preparing backup quarterback Landry Jones according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The Steelers won't make a determination on Big Ben's game status until later in the week.
For the second consecutive game, the Ravens won't know for sure who their opposing team's quarterback will be, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said to reporters on Monday, "We'll prepare as if he's [Roethlisberger] is going to play. We'll operate under that assumption." Harbaugh continued, "The offense doesn't change that much if Landry Jones is in there. Obviously, they're different players. Ben is Ben. We respect him tremendously."