Ben Roethlisberger Could Need Surgery as Steelers Have Nightmare 0-2 Start

John Healy
September 15, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Things are looking bleak for the Pittsburgh Steelers after Week 2.

Not only did they fall to the Seattle Seahawks at home to open the season 0-2, but they could lose their starting quarterback for a significant amount of time.

Ben Roethlisberger left Sunday's game with an elbow injury, and a decision will be made on Monday on whether or not he will require surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Roethlisberger was replaced by Mason Rudolph to start the second half after he was seen leaving for the locker room with two minutes remaining in the first half.

The 37-year-old was 8 of 15 for 75 yards, but was seen grabbing his elbow after attempting a deep ball down the right sideline. He tried to play through it, remaining in the game until halftime.

Conner, meanwhile, limped off the field with an apparent knee injury in the second half of the game. He had 33 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and three catches for 12 yards.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that he did not have any further details on the extent of the injuries, other than Roethlisberger’s elbow and Conner’s knee will continue to be evaluated.

Rudolph, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, gave the Steelers a chance in his NFL debut, completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, but he did throw an interception in the 28-26 loss.

Rudolph told reporters after the game that whatever happens with Roethlisberger, “I’ll be ready to roll.”