The Pittsburgh Steelers are wondering what the short-term future has in store for their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. After leaving the game at the end of the second quarter, he never returned to the game and was replaced by backup Mason Rudolph.
After the game Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger’s elbow will be evaluated, and he has no further information on the injury. As expected, Roethlisberger will undergo an MRI to get a real feel for the injury to his throwing arm.
This per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Ben Roethlisberger will have an MRI on his right elbow to determine extent of his injury, per source— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 15, 2019
While none of this information is breaking news, what is noteworthy is how it is also being reported the Steelers quarterback had been experiencing issues with his elbow the week leading up to the game vs. the Seahawks in Week 2.
This per ESPN:
Inside the Steelers’ locker room players obviously concerned about the health of Ben Roethlisberger.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) September 15, 2019
One player told me that the team actually was aware that the QB was dealing with some elbow inflammation all week at practice. #Steelers
While speculation on Roethlisberger’s injury will be rampant for the next 24-48 hours, no one will know anything official until Mike Tomlin’s Tuesday press conference. In the meantime, it is safe to say the Steelers fan base were more than impressed with Mason Rudolph’s play during the second half, and he showed he is more than capable of getting the job done if called upon until Roethlisberger is healthy enough to return.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding Roethlisberger’s injury, and others, as the team prepares for the cross country trek to play San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.