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Ben Roethlisberger May Need Elbow Surgery…

By Jessica Costello
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After a tough two-point loss yesterday against the Seattle Seahawks, the Pittsburgh Steelers can’t seem to find their rhythm, to say the least. On top of the team struggling, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game on Sunday with an injury to his right elbow, and it seems to be an injury without a time table for right now.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the latest on Roethlisberger’s injury:

Roethlisberger didn’t come back to the game after being ruled as questionable at halftime. It is likely we know if Roethlisberger will need elbow surgery by the end of today, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

Second-year quarterback, Mason Rudolph, took the reigns after the half, who went 12 of 19 for 112 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Pittsburgh.

Head coach, Mike Tomlin, said that Roethlisberger’s injury will continue to be evaluated and was also asked about Rudolph’s debut.

“I like some of the things he displayed,” Tomlin said. “His communication, his grit. But we gotta find a way to win a football game. We weren’t able to do that today.”

Tomlin also said that the Steelers didn’t have to make any adjustments to their offense after Rudolph took over. Rudolph also spoke to the media after the game about his thoughts on his performance.

“You gotta be prepared for those situations whenever your number is called,” he said. “I thought I was ready. I had a really good feel for the age plan … I had a lot of reps this week, and I didn’t feel like I was unprepared, by any means.”

Roethlisberger was just 8 of 15 for 75 yards in the time he played in the first half. The Steelers could be in the market for a new backup if Roethlisberger is out and Rudolph is forced to start. This means potentially promoting Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie, who was added to the practice squad last week after he didn’t make the initial 53-man roster.

Tomlin is expected to give an update on Big Ben during his weekly Tuesday press conference. Pittsburgh will head to San Francisco next Sunday.

What do you think Steelers fans, can Rudolph do the job for the team? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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One Comment

  1. Judith A Davis

    September 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Yes I think he can do the job.

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