The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season following elbow surgery.
Here’s the statement from Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on Ben Roethlisberger:
“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.”
Roethlisberger suffered a non-contact elbow injury during Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks and was replaced by QB Mason Rudolph to open the second half.
Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that Roethlisberger was hoping to avoid surgery at all costs, but it appears as though it turned out to be worse than he was hoping.
You can expect the Steelers to place Roethlisberger on injured reserve in the coming days and add someone to their roster.
Roethlisberger, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Steelers back in 2004. He was in the second year of his five-year, $99 million contract he finalized a three-year, $68 million contract this offseason that included a $37.5 million signing bonus.
Roethlisberger stands to make base salaries of $2,500,000 and $8,500,000 over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Roethlisberger appeared in two games and completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 351 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.