The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow and will need surgery this week. He is out for the season.
Mason Rudolph will now become the Steelers’ starting quarterback. Having traded Josh Dobbs to Jacksonville last week, the Steelers now are likely to sign QB Devlin Hodges off their practice squad to back up Rudolph.
Roethlisberger, 37, exited late in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, grabbing his throwing elbow after attempting a pass on the team’s final drive of the half. He briefly went into the locker room but was on the sideline for the last two minutes of the first half and for all of the second half.
He had been labeled as questionable but never returned to the field.
In Roethlisberger’s absence, Rudolph completed 12 of 19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
— Information from ESPN was used in this report.