While the exact nature of Ben Roethlisberger's injury to his right elbow remains unclear, Pittsburgh Steelers's quarterback does not have to be operated on by Tommy John and "will be fine for next season," a league source told ESPN ,
"There is complete optimism that he will be ready to roll next season," another source said. "Nobody worries that next year will be a problem."
The 37-year-old Roethlisberger is scheduled for a seasonal elbow operation this week.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said this last week that the details of Roethlisberger's injury will be confirmed after the operation, based on what doctors find out in the process. Tomlin then quoted Roethlisberger's statement that he wants to keep his three-year contract for the 2021
"He intends to return fully from his injury, and all we've heard is a strong possibility," said Tomlin.
This year, the Steelers Mason Rudolph leave the quarterback job with confidence.
The Steelers have believed in Rudolph since they overtook the Bengals in the third round of the year 2017 Draft to select the former Oklahoma State Star ahead of Cincinnati. At the time, then-Bengali head coach Marvin Lewis said it was as if the Steelers "intercepted" Cincinnati's war zone.
The Steelers believe so much in Rudolph, his talent and leadership qualities that they were willing to trade with them Minkah Fitzpatrick meets security in the first round of 2020 in Miami because they are confident that they will not lose much .