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Ben Roethlisberger refutes reports he could make return in Week 7

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Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged that while he’s making progress in recovering from a sprained MCL and bone bruise, reports that he could make a return in a Week 7 showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs are inaccurate, or at least are not coming from him.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is expected to miss four to six weeks because of the injury suffered during a Week 3 win over the St. Louis Rams, putting a return in Week 7 on the optimistic side of the spectrum.

Regarding a report that surfaced over the weekend that he could make his return against the Chiefs, Roethlisberger denied providing any such information, nor did anyone in his camp.

“That does not come from me or our doctors,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, via CBS Pittsburgh. “I just left Dr. Bradley and he said, ‘Where do these reports come from that you’re coming back at a certain week?’  I’m like, ‘I don’t know doc, I haven’t really heard any of them.’ So, I assume that’s exactly what he was talking about. We know that people like to just speculate and say things. So, that did not come from me, the Steelers or any of our doctors, more importantly.”

Roethlisberger indicated there is “still quite a bit of pain from the bone bruise” but added that the original timetable still applies.

“I think so,” Roethlisberger said. “What we’re trying not to do is put a time on it and just go week-by-week. Basically say, ‘I’m out this week, we’ll reevaluate it next week and see if and what I can do.’ To me, that’s the better way and maybe the more optimistic way to look at it. Rather than put a number on it, lets just take it one week at a time.”

Given the toughness Roethlisberger has demonstrated throughout his career, a return in Week 7 certainly shouldn’t be ruled out. And given the 2-2 Steelers have a slate of tough games in the coming weeks, the pressure very well could be on Big Ben to return sooner rather than later.