The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed QB Ben Roethlisberger on injured reserve Monday following the news that he has a season-ending elbow injury and promoted QB Devlin Hodges to their active roster, according to Tom Pelissero.
Reports have said that the Steelers could still sign a free agent quarterback in the coming days, but for now, Hodges will serve as the backup to second-year QB Mason Rudolph.
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.
Hodges, 23, wound up going undrafted out of Samford back in April. He later agreed to a three-year, $1.755 million contract with the Steelers.
The Steelers waived Hodges coming out of the preseason and later re-signed him to their practice squad.
During his college career at Samford, Hodges threw for 14,584 yards while completing 69.1 percent off of his passes to go along with 111 touchdowns and 41 interceptions over the course of 45 games. He also rushed for 1,017 yards and 17 touchdowns.