Big Ben out for season with elbow injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to his injured right elbow and is out for the season. Big Ben later was placed on injured reserve.

Surgery was deemed necessary after an MRI on Roethlisberger’s elbow Sunday night. The surgery is expected to take place this week, per the team.

“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. “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 Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to his injured right elbow and is out for the season. Big Ben later was placed on injured reserve.

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Surgery was deemed necessary after an MRI on Roethlisberger’s elbow Sunday night. The surgery is expected to take place this week, per the team.

“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. “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,” Roethlisberger added. “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.”

With Big Ben out for the year, the Steelers will turn to Rudolph full-time. Rookie signal-caller Devlin Hodges was promoted off the practice squad to give Pittsburgh QB depth for the time being.

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