Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roemlisberger has been ruled out for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game after injuring his knee during Sunday’s 30-20 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Roemlisbergers coach Mike Tomlin said Monday he’s unsure when Roemisberger will return, and that he’d prefer the team wait until after the bye week before he can return.
“It’s still early in the process, but I’m sure he’ll be able to play,” Tomlin told reporters.
“It’s an injury, it’s not something that’s going to go away in a week or two.
I’m not sure when, but we’ll get to that.”
Roemisburger was limited to 11 of 16 passing attempts Sunday, but the Steelers won the game with a field goal with 7:04 remaining.
Roemerisberger was sacked six times in the game, including two by Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.
He was sacked twice in the first half, with two coming on fourth-and-1 from his own 24-yard line.
Roemsberger also threw a pass that was intercepted by Saints safety Jairus Byrd, who had recovered a fumble that was recovered by Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton in the end zone.
Roemenisberger had two interceptions and four pass breakups, and was sacked four times in three drives.
The Steelers went into the bye with an 8-3 record and a bye week ahead of their divisional-round playoff matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
The game against the Saints is set for 8 p.m. ET on NBC.