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Report: Ben Roethlisberger knee injury a sprained MCL, no damage to ACL

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The Pittsburgh Steelers dodged a serious bullet in regards to Ben Roethlisberger's knee injury. Per a report, Roethlisberger's MRI showed a sprained MCL, and no damage to his ACL.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers got some good news on the injury front in regards to Ben Roethlsiberger's injured knee. What looked as if it could be extremely serious, per Jason La Confora of CBS, the MRI Roethlisberger had done Sunday evening showed a sprained MCL, with no damage to his ACL.

The difference between the ligaments is significant as a sprained MCL has an expected recovery time of 4-weeks, whereas an ACL injury would have ended Roethlisberger's 2015 season.

Although we are still awaiting official confirmation from the Steelers organization, early reports are encouraging the team won't lose Roethlisberger for the season. Michael Vick will now have to try and carry the team for 4 games (vs. the Baltimore Ravens, at the San Diego Chargers, vs. the Arizona Cardinals and at the Kansas City Chiefs). The team will likely turn to Landry Jones as their backup quarterback while they leave Roethlisberger on the roster during his rehab.

Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference Monday at noon since the Steelers are working on a short week with a Thursday Night Football game against the Ravens next on the team's schedule. Expect more detailed information in regards to Roethlisberger's injury at that time.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN is now suggesting the injury could have Roethlisberger out 6 weeks. As it seems 4-weeks is the best case scneario of the possible time Roethlisberger could miss due to the injury.