Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers got some tough news. Ben Roethlisberger, the team’s starting quarterback since way back in 2004, will miss the rest of the 2019 season with an elbow injury.
Head coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that Roethlisberger will require surgery. That means that Mason Rudolph, the team’s backup signal-caller heading into the season, will become the team’s starting quarterback.
Rudolph played against the Seattle Seahawks after Roethlisberger left the game with his injury. He finished 12-of-19 for 112 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Rudolph was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He doesn’t have much experience at the professional level, but he did have to beat out a number of other players to earn his role as Big Ben’s backup.
Ben Roethlisberger to undergo elbow surgery, miss remainder of the season. pic.twitter.com/MO3ymBnECR
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2019
Rudolph played college football at Oklahoma State. In his senior season, he threw for 4,904 yards and 37 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.
Rudolph is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound player, so teams won’t exactly get a break when it comes to trying to tackle a Pittsburgh quarterback. Obviously, this is a big opportunity for the young signal-caller.
Pittsburgh actually traded its third-string quarterback Josh Dobbs earlier this year. They’ll be signing Devlin Hodges from the practice squad to become the backup.
Mason Rudolph now becomes the Steelers’ starting QB.
Having traded Josh Dobbs to Jacksonville last week, the Steelers now are likely to sign QB Devlin Hodges off their practice squad to back up Rudolph.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
Rudolph’s first start will come on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. His development will be key for the Steelers as they try to navigate a difficult season.