Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) out for the year
Big Ben will be shut down for the rest of 2019.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgical treatment to his hurt right elbow, will be put on hurt reserve and is out for the season.
Surgical treatment was deemed needed after an MRI on Roethlisberger’s elbow Sunday night. The surgery is anticipated to occur this week, per the team.
The season-ending news is a harsh blow for the 0-2 Steelers, who wanted to recover after missing the playoffs in 2018.
Roethlisberger consistently attempted to shake off his injured elbow during the first half of Sunday’s home loss versus the Seattle Seahawks. He was secured of the contest in the second half, changed by second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph.
The elbow injury that hit Big Ben’s 2019 season will mark the very first video games missed by the quarterback considering that Week 7 of the 2016 season. The last time the Steelers did not have Roethlisberger for 10-plus video games was 2003 (Tommy Maddox was the starting QB and the Steelers went 6-10).
Roethlisberger is coming off of a 2018 project in which he led the NFL in passing yards (5,129).
Roethlisberger signed a two-year extension with the Steelers throughout the offseason and is under contract through the 2021 season. For a 37-year-old quarterback who has considered retirement in the past, it will be intriguing to see what the future holds for the 16-year pro.
With Big Ben out for the year, the Steelers will rely on Rudolph full-time.
The 2018 third-round pick saw his first pro-action in Sunday’s loss, ending up 12-of-19 passing for 112 backyards, 5.9 yards per effort, 2 goal tosses, one interception (which went through the hands of Donte Moncrief) for a 92.4 QB rating and took no sacks in 2 quarters of play.
As the Steelers head into the unidentified sans Roethlisberger for more than a couple of video games for the first time because his rookie season in 2004, the favorable is that Rudolph didn’t look overwhelmed in his launching.
A workers man for an opposing team told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo on Monday that Rudolph’s display could offer a modicum of hope for the Steelers.
” Certainly it’s a substantial loss because of (Roethlisberger’s) experience and what he’s done, however with the way Mason Rudolph played in the preseason and yesterday, they’ll be in much better shape than a lot of other groups would be,” the source informed Garafolo.
Rudolph looked comfortable handling the pocket Sunday, showed grace and capability to get to his second read. There was still some roughness around the edges, however the hope is with routine practice and playing time moving on, Rudolph could become a possible long-lasting response for the Steelers.
The second-year signal-caller already got rave evaluations from teammates after the loss for how he dealt with the scenario.
” He managed himself really well,” guard David DeCastro stated. “Actually pleased with him, how he was available in all set to go. He understood the playbook, had a huge command, and he blended some of the cadences, too. That was impressive.”
With Roethlisberger provided for the year, the Steelers will need more outstanding play from Rudolph to turn around their season in a hurry.