Roethlisberger has surgery, out 1-2 games

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Pro Football

November 04, 2005

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss one game and possibly two after arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday.

A piece of torn cartilage was removed from his right knee.

Coach Bill Cowher said Roethlisberger will definitely miss Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Roethlisberger, who missed a loss Oct. 16 to Jacksonville with a hyperextended left knee, initially hurt his right knee Sept. 11 against Tennessee.

The right knee bothered him again after his shoe stuck in the turf as he was being hit by Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson during the first quarter of the Steelers' 20-19 victory Monday night.

Eagles -- Terrell Owens returned to practice, a day after he was listed as doubtful for Philadelphia's game at Washington. Meanwhile, quarterback Donovan McNabb missed his second straight practice with a rib injury and was downgraded to questionable.

Packers -- Quarterback Brett Favre says he would be reluctant to return to Green Bay next season if Mike Sherman isn't still coaching the Packers. The Packers (1-6) are off to their worst start since 1991, which has led to speculation about Sherman's future. In an interview with the Associated Press, Favre said Sherman's status would play an important role in his decision to keep on playing or to call it a career.

Saints -- The team says owner Tom Benson has not yet decided whether he will be at Sunday's game in Baton Rouge and frustration caused him to send an e-mail to the NFL saying he would not attend any more games at LSU's Tiger Stadium this season or next. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said that Benson was upset by his treatment from fans after the Saints' 21-6 loss to Miami on Sunday in Baton Rouge. Benson, who attended the game with his wife, Gayle, granddaughter and grandson, was involved in an altercation with a WWL-TV cameraman and a fan as the owner and his family left the stadium near the end of the game. Copies of Benson's e-mail to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue were obtained by The Times-Picayune and WWL-TV in New Orleans. In the e-mail, Benson called security at Tiger Stadium "inadequate to nonexistent" and claimed that he and his family members "could have all been severely injured or killed."

Lions -- Joey Harrington, who sat out the previous two games in favor of Jeff Garcia, will be running the NFL's 29th-ranked offense at Minnesota, coach Steve Mariucci said.

Bears -- Defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

Bills -- Reserve cornerback Kevin Thomas will likely miss the rest of the season with an injured right knee.

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