SportsPulse: The Saints and Steelers received devastating news on their franchise QBs. Lorenzo Reyes looks at how each team will adjust with their signal callers on the mend.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to navigate the rest of their season without their mainstay at quarterback.
Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder of the year with an elbow injury that will require surgery, coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Monday.
Tomlin said Roethlisberger underwent an MRI on Sunday evening and that the quarterback is scheduled for surgery later this week. He will be placed on injured reserve.
Roethlisberger, 37, left Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter and did not return. He was replaced by 2018 third-round pick Mason Rudolph, who is set to take over as the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.
“This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people,” Roethlisberger said in a statement Monday. “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. 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.”
Rudolph threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to tight end Vance McDonald but couldn’t complete Pittsburgh’s late push. He finished with 112 yards on 12-of-19 passing.
The setback is a significant one for the 0-2 Steelers. Roethlisberger has never missed more than four games in a single season during the previous 15 years of his career.
A six-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ all-time leader in passing yards (56,545) and touchdowns (363).
Pittsburgh likely will look to sign an additional quarterback for depth or promote undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges from the practice squad, as Rudolph is the only passer on the active roster who is currently available. The Steelers traded Joshua Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars after Week 1.
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