Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is done for the year after an injury has resulted in him needing season-ending surgery. Roethlisberger, 37, sustained a non-contact injury to his right elbow during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
It appears the injury occurred when Roethlisberger threw a pass with just a few minutes left in the first half. He left the game and missed the second half. Specific details about Roethlisberger’s injury and the upcoming surgery have not been revealed.
On the team website, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin posted a statement that said: “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.”
Ben Roethlisberger also released a statement, which said: “I’ve been informed that I need season ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect. This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people. I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season.”
His statement continued: “The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give.”
Mason Rudolph, who finished out the game on Sunday, will now be the Steeler’s starting quarterback for the season. Against Seattle, he went 12-for-19 with 112 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in the 28-26 loss.