The year of the devastating quarterback injury continues! We’ve already had Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Geno Smith knocked out (one of them literally) with injuries, and now we can add Big Ben to the list. Roethlisberger took a nasty shot to his left knee in Sunday’s win over the Rams, never to return. Fortunately, the prognosis isn’t as awful as many feared.
Roethlisberger sprained the MCL in his left knee, which is expected to keep him out of the lineup anywhere between 4-6 weeks. He also suffered a bone bruise, which really sounds like a lot of fun. Considering the knee bent in a way that typically makes us say, “Holy shit, there goes his ACL”, this is probably good news.
The Steelers will start the well-traveled Michael Vick in his place, which is something Michael Vick likely never wanted to happen. He’s just here to cash checks, guys. After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team plans to execute the offense “within his comfort zone”, which means he’s basically already telling everyone to lower their expectations, tenfold.
“Look, guys. We kinda signed Vick as a joke, because Ben never gets hurt enough to miss games. We thought it’d be a good laugh. But now we’re going to just run the ball every play, because we all know he can’t throw, like, at all anymore.”
-Fake Mike Tomlin quote
Vick will get thrown into the fire almost immediately, as Pittsburgh has a date with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. After that, they face San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Oakland and Cleveland before hitting the bye. Assuming the timetable is accurate, Roethlisberger should be ready to return sometime around Week 8 (Bengals).
Vick has a few good weapons at his disposal, but are you really going to trust him enough to help you out in fantasy? I can see taking a $5k (minimum) flier for him on Draft Kings (especially because DK rewards QBs that can run), but in a standard league, I’d probably stay away. The Steelers should be running the ball a ton (boost for LeVeon Bell), which takes a bit of wind out of the sails of Antonio Brown, sadly.