Roethlisberger officially out for Steelers vs. New England

Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair cartilage in his knee.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, walks past backup quarterback Landry Jones (3) during an NFL football practice, in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The Steelers face the Denver Broncos in an NFL Divisional playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, walks past backup quarterback Landry Jones (3) during an NFL football practice, in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The Steelers face the Denver Broncos in an NFL Divisional playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger might be a fast healer, but his aching left knee won’t be ready in time to face the New England Patriots.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin officially ruled out Roethlisberger for Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots. Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair cartilage in his knee suffered in a miserable loss to Miami last weekend.

Landry Jones will make the third start of his career for Pittsburgh (4-2). Jones went 1-1 last season, though he was injured early in the one victory and Roethlisberger came on in relief.

The Steelers will also be without defensive end Cam Heyward for a third straight week. Tomlin said there’s a chance linebacker Ryan Shazier could return to the lineup for the first time since Week 3.

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