The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon to move to 0-2 on the season. Despite the poor start, that was just the beginning of the bad news plaguing the team.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury during the game.
Backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, a former third-round pick, will fill in as the team’s starter for the rest of the season. The former Oklahoma State star completed 12-of-19 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Roethlisberger this weekend.
As for Big Ben’s future with the organization, he made it clear he’s not thinking about retirement. Neither is head coach Mike Tomlin.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Tomlin said there’s a “strong possibility” Roethlisberger is back for the 2020 season.
“He fully intends to come back from his injury, and everything we’ve heard, we’re comfortable that’s a strong possibility,” Tomlin said.
Despite losing their star quarterback for the season, the Steelers made a bold play by trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh acquired the star defensive back from the Miami Dolphins for a first-round pick and mid-round pick swaps.
Can Mason Rudolph lead the team in Big Ben’s absence? If he does well, is that the end for Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh?