Report: Ben Roethlisberger surgery decision expected Monday

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After the Steelers lost to the Seahawks on Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s right elbow injury was being evaluated and there was a report he’d have an MRI as part of that evaluation.

Once the tests are in, it appears the question for Roethlisberger and doctors to answer will be whether he needs surgery or not. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that such a decision is expected to come on Monday and adds that Roethlisberger would like to avoid that at “all costs.”

That may not be possible and either outcome may leave the Steelers looking at a future with Mason Rudolph as their starting quarterback. Rudolph was 12-of-19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that wide receiver Donte Moncrief should have caught.

The Steelers also lost running back James Conner to a knee injury on Sunday, so Pittsburgh may be trying to avoid an 0-3 start to the season without a couple of their biggest offensive names.

13 responses to “Report: Ben Roethlisberger surgery decision expected Monday

  1. They’ve been without a head coach for years now.
    The standard will remain the standard, right Mike.

  2. MONTCREIF needs the surgery…maybe a third hand. He’s had twice as many drops (6) to catches (3), and four more yards than drops. That interception off his hands ultimately led to a score in a close game.

  3. Funny how he had no elbow discomfort, when he signed his contract extension. Here comes Andrew Luck part two. Elbow discomfort, the new term for can’t hit the side of a barn.

  4. Fat Ben was always likely to have his career peter out in a series of injuries.

    Many players pile on the pounds when they lose the daily need to stay in shape – Ben got himself a head-start on this years before his retirement.

  5. They will be 0-3, Tomlin never had his teams ready for the late road games and Tomlin has never won in California.

  6. The doctor says “Ben, you’re going to miss 4 games”. Ben says “Doc, tell everyone it’ll be 8 games so when I come back in 4 they know how tough I am.”

  7. That organization needs to rid themselves of both Roethlisberger and Tomlin. Turn the page already, no question they’ve under achieved for the talent they’ve had.

  8. The only people who thought James Conner was a “big offensive name” were Steelers fans who clicked their heels together and hoped against hope that he would offset the loss of Le’Veon Bell last year. They hyped Conner up as Bell’s equal in production even though Conner wound up as only the 28th-rated RB in 2018 by PFF. Conner’s stats this year before his injury: 21 carries, 54 yards, 2.6 avg.

  9. Steelers are heading for their worst start after more than a decade of years in steady decline. No surgery is going to cure that.

  10. Ben already got an other contract extension. There is literally no reason for him to continue an NFL career that is effectively over. Maybe he keeps up appearances of trying to rehab but we all know it should be over.

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