Ben Roethlisberger had surgery on his left knee Monday, reportedly to fix a torn meniscus. It seems a given, then, that the Pittsburgh Steelers will start Landry Jones at quarterback Sunday against the New England Patriots, right?

Well, Jones -- at least -- isn't so sure about that.

Rivers, of course, had a similar surgery before the AFC Championship game at the end of the 2007 season and suited up for the San Diego Chargers six days later.

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The difference between that situation and this one is that was a playoff game with everything on the line, and this one is Week 7 with a bye week immediately following the Patriots game. As tough as Roethlisberger is -- he missed only one series in Sunday's game after suffering the injury in the first half -- there would seem to be little reason to risk further damage given that Pittsburgh still holds a one-game lead in what is turning out to be a lackluster AFC North.

As much as the Steelers would like to get back on track immediately after an embarrassing 30-15 loss to the Dolphins, it's tough to take Landry's comments as anything more than admiration for the guy he'll likely be filling in for Sunday.