Steel­ers: Big Ben not out long term

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

The car­ti­lage in Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s aching left knee is re­paired.

And while the Steel­ers are op­ti­mistic their fran­chise quar­ter­back will re­turn sooner rather than later af­ter tweak­ing the knee in the sec­ond quar­ter of a mis­er­able loss in Mi­ami on Sun­day, the odds of Roeth­lis­berger be­ing ready for a visit from Tom Brady and the Pa­tri­ots six days re­moved from the op­er­at­ing ta­ble is re­mote.

Roeth­lis­berger rested at home Mon­day af­ter un­der­go­ing arthro­scopic surgery and Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin said the team is con­fi­dent Roeth­lis­berger won’t be out “long term.”

But Roeth­lis­berger’s team­mates be­gan ral­ly­ing around their backup now fac­ing the most daunt­ing task of his un­even ca­reer.

Your turn, Landry Jones. Again.

“I’m go­ing to pre­pare like I’ve done in the past and we’ll see what hap­pens,” Jones said. Car­di­nals rout Jets, 28-3: David Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three touch­downs, and the host Ari­zona Car­di­nals shut down the list­less New York Jets, 28-3, on Mon­day night.

Johnson scored on runs of 58, 2 and 2 yards while be­com­ing the first player to rush for three scores against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it five years ago.

The Car­di­nals (3-3) won their sec­ond in a row. New York (1-5) lost its fourth straight.

The Jets’ Ryan Fitz­patrick was 16 of 31 for 174 yards and was benched in fa­vor of Geno Smith af­ter New York’s drive ended in an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone in the third quar­ter. Jets honor Byrd: The Jets car­ried Den­nis Byrd’s mem­ory with them Mon­day night.

They hon­ored their late de­fen­sive line­man by wear­ing a “90” de­cal — Byrd’s old jer­sey num­ber — on their hel­mets against the Car­di­nals.Byrd, an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure who re­gained the abil­ity to walk af­ter break­ing his neck dur­ing a 1992 game, died on Sun­day in a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion north of Clare­more, Okla., ac­cord­ing to the Ok­la­homa High­way Patrol. He was 50.

The Jets are still fi­nal­iz­ing de­tails, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to honor Byrd dur­ing Sun­day’s home game against the Ravens at MetLife Sta­dium.

Byrd suf­fered a par­a­lyz­ing neck in­jury dur­ing the Jets-Chiefs game Nov. 29, 1992. But he vowed to walk again and, af­ter sev­eral months of in­ten­sive phys­i­cal therapy, he did. Ex­tra points: The Dolphins are wor­ried that Pro Bowl S Re­shad Jones tore his ro­ta­tor cuff Sun­day against the Steel­ers and that he may be done for the sea­son, re­ported. ... The Browns will mon­i­tor WR Ter­relle Pryor (ham­string) dur­ing the week. ... The league will re­view a hit by Ben­gals LB Von­taze Bur­fict to the knee of Pa­tri­ots TE Martel­lus Ben­nett on Sun­day. The league is un­likely to sus­pend Bur­fict, but a fine is pos­si­ble, ESPN re­ported. ... Broncos coach Gary Ku­biak re­turned to work af­ter spend­ing last week at home fol­low­ing an overnight hos­pi­tal stay and a com­plex mi­graine con­di­tion di­ag­no­sis. ... Ne­vada Gov. Brian San­doval signed a bill clear­ing the way for a Las Ve­gas sta­dium that could be home to the Raiders.

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