PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had been dealing with some pain in his elbow in the week leading up to the Steelers 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, his teammates said Monday.
Roethlisberger left the game in the second quarter and will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury that requires surgery.
Roethlisberger did not practice on Wednesday, but that has not been an uncommon occurrence for the 16th-year veteran. During Friday’s final tuneup for the Seahawks, Roethlisberger was photographed with tape on his elbow.
“The first I heard of it was really this past week,” backup quarterback Mason Rudolph said Monday. “Right after the New England, he was expressing some pain. That was first I had heard. You’d have to ask him or Coach Tomlin if it was pre-existing before that, but I have no clue.”
Roethlisberger did not appear to suffer any sort of significant impact during the game against the Seahawks, but was rubbing and shaking his arm during his final drive in the second quarter.
The Steelers said that after an MRI on Monday, that Roethlisberger will undergo surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.