Steelers news: Pittsburgh's Super Bowl odds take massive drop with Ben Roethlisberger out
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Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl odds take massive drop with Ben Roethlisberger out

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To no one’s surprise, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ hopes of winning the Super Bowl took a drastic hit upon news of future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being shelved for the season’s remainder.

Roethlisberger sat out the second half of his team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, with Mason Rudolph replacing him under center. He was noticeably bothered by pain in his right arm throughout the first half. After the game, an MRI revealed that surgery on his elbow would be necessary for him to make a full recovery.

On Monday morning, the Steelers announced that Roethlisberger would be sidelined for the duration of the season and undergo corrective surgery later this week.

“Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required,” Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team. “We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season.”

ESPN’s Ben Fawkes subsequently noted on Twitter that Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl odds at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas now sit at 100-1, a change from 40-1 before Roethlisberger’s status had been announced. The Steelers, 0-2, now rank third in odds to win the AFC North, too.

Roethlisberger, 37, led the NFL in passing yards last season with 5,129 yards, also throwing 34 touchdowns and a league-high 16 interceptions. Rudolph, a third-round pick in last year’s draft, went 12-of-19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns, and one interceptions against Seattle.