Ben Roethlisberger is out for the second time in a month with an injured knee.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback had arthroscopic surgery yesterday to remove a damaged piece of cartilage from his right knee and will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay and, possibly, the Nov. 13 game against Cleveland. Coach Bill Cowher said the normal recovery time is 10-14 days, and his status will be evaluated next week.
Cowher said Roethlisberger wanted to keep playing, but the Steelers (5-2) -- only a half-game out of the AFC North lead -- didn't want to risk losing him for 4-6 weeks if the injury worsened. Roethlisberger initially hurt the knee during the season opener Sept. 11 against Tennessee, but didn't miss any playing time. Later, he hyperextended his left knee against San Diego Oct. 10, forcing him to sit out a 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville in which backup Tommy Maddox had four turnovers.
Charlie Batch, a former Lions starter who has thrown only eight passes in four seasons, will start Sunday.