Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo a right-elbow surgery and miss the remainder of the 2019 season, coach Mike Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger grimaced in pain after making a routine during the second quarter of the Steelers game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
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After the game he left the field and did not return.
Mason Rudolph took on the role of quarterback for the remainder of the game and is expected to receive the first knockdown of Pittsburgh's starter Roethlisberger on the shelf.
The 37-year-old veteran quarterback hoped to avoid surgery, but left the doctors to make the final decision, sources told ESPN HELPING DURING THE GAME
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Roethlisberger, known for big hits due to a bruise, caution-against-the-wind style of play, has started 16 games last season for the first time since 2014. He has played 12 games in 2015, 14 games in 2016 and 15 games in 2017 meters and 675 pass attempts. He had 34 touchdown passes – but also 16 industry-leading interceptions.