Ben Roethlisberger out for season, will need surgery on elbow
Ben Roethlisberger left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with an elbow injury that the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped was minor, but unfortunately that is not the case.
The Steelers announced on Monday that Roethlisberger will undergo surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Head coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement saying the decision came after doctors reviewed the 37-year-old’s MRI.
Roethlisberger has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, but he has been able to play through many of them. The elbow injury was apparently something he had sustained prior to Sunday’s game, as one Steelers player said the QB was battling inflammation last week.
With Roethlisberger out for the year and the Steelers having lost their first two games, things are not looking good in Pittsburgh. Second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph was fairly sharp in relief of Roethlisberger on Sunday (12-of-19 passing for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception) but the Steelers were struggling before Big Ben went down. They will have a hard time making the playoffs now.