The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced an injury update for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It’s a devastating one.
Roethlisberger, who left Sunday’s game against Seattle with an elbow injury, will miss the rest of the 2019 regular season.
Pittsburgh announced the tough news today.
“Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required. We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced.
Roethlisberger exited Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks with an apparent arm/elbow injury. He was seen shaking his right arm at times during the first half of the game, appearing to be in some pain. Roethlisberger spent the second half on the sideline.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin released a statement regarding QB Ben Roethlisberger's elbow injury.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2019
This is obviously a devastating blow to a Steelers team that is off to an 0-2 start to the 2019 regular season.
Roethlisberger was replaced on Sunday by backup Mason Rudolph, who played fairly well and will now take over the starting job. Rudolph said after the game that he was confident in his ability to lead the team moving forward if needed.
“I am completely confident in myself, being a leader of a team and playing games. That’s what it all comes down to,” Rudolph told reporters.
ESPN had reported earlier today that Roethlisberger was undergoing an MRI and surgery was a possibility.
A decision is expected to be made Monday on whether Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will need elbow surgery, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Roethlisberger, 37, wants to avoid surgery, but ultimately doctors will make the decision, sources said.
The Steelers will play at San Francisco on Sunday, looking for their first win of the season after dropping back-to-back games against New England and Seattle.
Pittsburgh is now without Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The team’s new starting running back, James Conner, is also dealing with an injury.
Tough times in Steelers Country.