Steelers promote Devlin Hodges to 53-man roster in wake of Ben Roethlisberger injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be moving forward with Mason Rudolph as their starting quarterback. Despite their confidence in Rudolph, Pittsburgh has promoted Devlin Hodges to the 53-man roster in wake of Ben Roethlisberger’s injury.
We have promoted QB Devlin Hodges to the 53-man roster and placed QB Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve/injured list.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2019
During Pittsburgh’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury early in the first half. With the injury being a non-contact happening, the Steelers were hoping for the best but expected the worst.
After receiving multiple opinions from doctors, Roethlisberger was informed that he was going to be required to undergo surgery. With the unfortunate verdict of needing surgery, the veteran quarterback will miss the remainder of the season.
As Roethlisberger moves to injured reserve, Pittsburgh has activated Hodges to be the immediate backup to Rudolph. Hodges spent training camp and the preseason with the Steelers after they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Samford.
During the preseason, the undrafted rookie had his ups and downs as he completed 20 of his 38 attempts for 190 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The Steelers are hoping that they won’t need him to play any meaningful snaps this season.
At 6-foot-1, Hodges showed his ability to extend plays with his legs but he was inconsistent in the times he played. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh feels comfortable with him being the team’s backup quarterback in Week 3.
Considering the lack of experience at quarterback right now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Steelers still consider their options in free agency. The trade that sent Josh Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars looks a tad worse at the moment.