In a statement released by the team, head coach Mike Tomlin revealed that Big Ben will undergo elbow surgery this week, which will force him to miss the rest of the 2019 season. He's expected to be placed on injured reserve following the procedure.
This is a massive blow for the Steelers, who are sitting at 0-2 following losses to Seattle and New England, and will now be without their star quarterback for the rest of the campaign.
With Roethlisberger's season over, Mason Rudolph will take over as the team's No. 1 quarterback going forward. After beating out Josh Dobbs for the backup role over the offseason, Rudolph has now been thrust into starting duties just two weeks into the year.
Roethlisberger had just inked an extension with the Steelers, so the fact that he won't be on the field is a big loss. And at age 37, elbow surgery for a quarterback could be career-altering beyond simply this year.