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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is now out for the remainder of the season due to his elbow injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Roethlisberger left the Steelers’ Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to the injury. He went 8 for 15 in passing for 75 yards before exiting the game.

Mason Rudolph came in to play the rest of the game in place of Roethlisberger. He went 12-of-19 for 112 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Steelers lost, 28-26.

After the game, reports came out that Roethlisberger had been dealing with inflammation in his elbow all week during practice. Clearly, something was not wrong.

That has now been confirmed by the MRI, which showed that he will have to undergo surgery to repair his elbow and will rule him out for the rest of the year.

Roethlisberger’s loss is obviously a huge blow to the Steelers, who have started the season 0-2 after losses to the Patriots and Seahawks. The 37-year-old was coming off a 2018 season where he set new career-highs in passing completions (452), attempts (675), yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34).

Rudolph will now take over as the team’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. The second-year quarterback will be hoping starting running back James Conner, who also picked up a knee injury against the Seahawks and did not return, will be just fine.

The Steelers will need all the offensive weapons they can get in order to return to the playoffs after falling down an early 0-2 hole to start the year — and more importantly, losing Big Ben for the year.