Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Done For Year

The Steelers’ worst fears have been confirmed. On Monday morning, head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Ben Roethlisberger‘s season is over. 

The quarterback was hoping to avoid surgery after suffering an elbow injury over the weekend, but doctors came back with bad news after looking at his scans. With that, Mason Rudolph now becomes the Steelers’ starting QB.

The Steelers traded Josh Dobbs to the Jaguars last week, leaving Rudolph as their only other signal caller on the roster. The club is now expected to promote Devlin Hodges from the practice squad to serve as Rudolph’s backup, according to’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter).

Before this, Roethlisberger hadn’t missed a game due to injury since Week 7 of the 2016 season. Obviously, this wasn’t a good time for his luck to run out – the Steelers are 0-2 after being blown out by the Patriots in the season opener and Sunday’s tough loss to the Seahawks.

Roethlisberger might not have the support of former teammate Antonio Brown, but he was sharp in 2018 with career-highs in completions (452), pass attempts (675), passing yards (5,129), and touchdowns (34). He also started in all 16 games, something he hadn’t done since the 2014 campaign. Though, in the interest of equal time, we should mention that he also led the NFL with 16 interceptions.

Advanced metrics lauded Roethlisberger’s work as well, as he finished fourth in Total QBR and eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger ranked fifth in Football Outsiders‘ DYAR, which measures value over a replacement level player, and eighth in DVOA, meaning he was effective on a per-play basis.

Thanks to the three-year extension he inked in the offseason, Roethlisberger is under contract through the 2021 season.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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56 comments on “Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Done For Year

  1. ekrog

    “It couldn’t have happened to a better person.”
    – the girl he cornered in the restroom and raped while his goons guarded the door

    • depressedtribefan

      why didn’t you stop it? you are so sure he did it, that must mean you were there

    • TJECK109

      I hope you post this on every thread involving a domestic incident with an athlete involved

    • Senioreditor

      Couldn’t of happened to a better guy. Sooooooo happy this guys done and his jerkoff teammates suffer too. Karma. Maybe next time they won’t sell out teammates who hold out.

        • cubsfanbudman1908

          Yet… just like Kraft’s innocence was once assumed.

          Tom Brady is the only class act in the Pats organization, unless you count the numerous documented attempts at cheating.

      • ekrog

        If the allegations are true, he became a rapist with the Steelers. Just like your quarterback.

    • amk3510

      Yes but like the Steelers their window is closed. At least they won 2 rings when it was open

      • afsooner02

        it closed when their 2 best play makers left this offseason. Ben getting hurt only means now you get to tank.

        • gozurman1

          One play maker left before last season and Mr. Big Chest checked out while the season was still in progress. You will see Washington really pick it up with Rudolph in the game. He will throw to Washington more than Bedd di.

  2. graysondecker

    I wonder if Rudolph plays well enough, Ben retires. I kind of hope he does, just because it’s time the Steelers move on to the next era, because these Steelers aren’t good enough to eclipse the Patriots or the Chiefs. I think Rudolph is good enough to be the successor, but if he isn’t, they’ll at least have a high first-round pick next year.

    • TJECK109

      He’s not going to retire, he is owed to much money to just walk away. Ben is going to make sure Ben gets paid

    • al avias phone

      here’s a thought for you to consider..your next group (if you get lucky enough in the draft) probably won’t be able to get past NE either

      • Munsonmanor4

        Here’s a thought for YOU to consider….prior to Belichick and Brady, the Pats were pretty much laughing stocks and both of them are getting OLD. Maybe it will be YOUR next group that won’t be able to get by the Steelers…or for that matter anyone else!

        • al avias phone

          I’m good with that! how many SUPER BOWLS has the PATRIOTS won uh 6! how many has your bums won in the same amount of time?. 1?!! lol I’ll be sitting in my comfy den watching the PATS make another playoff run and most likely the SB while you Steelers fans will be doing what you usually do,watch the PATS WIN!

  3. Ctmac13

    If the team doesn’t start winning & Tomlin gets fired. Josh McDaniels has to be hired.

    • Josh McDaniels! No way! Tell me what Patriots assistant has had success as an NFL head coach?

    • TJECK109

      No, I’d rather see a guy who actually has a defensive background and knows how to coach defense

      • tylerall5

        This. But with Ben going down, ownership will most likely give the staff a free pass, and if Rudolph succeeds ownership will reward the coaching staff with another year. It’s a double edged sword. Too bad as the team has had horrible play calling and game planning so far. Maybe with an inexperienced QB they’ll actually start doing their jobs.

      • stubby66

        Josh McDaniels doesn’t deserve to be offered a head coaching job position ever again in the NFL. He is an entitled little brat who hasn’t earned it. It would serve him right.

    • graysondecker

      Nobody in their right mind would trade for Eli. I’d rather start Devlin Hodges than Eli Manning

  4. leefieux

    Brees goes down, Ben goes down and Brady goes on and on and on……

    Life isn’t fair in the NFL.

  5. Ronk325

    Tough blow for Ben but not the worst thing that could have happened to the Steelers. They weren’t going to win more than 8 or 9 games this year so they can at least get a top 10 pick. If Rudolph plays well he could be their QB of the future, if not they draft one with that early first round pick

  6. Tazza

    Perfect timing really, Brown and Bell both left now Big Ben out for the year. Tank with year and hope like heck to draft either Tua or Jaylen Hurts as the future QB. Big Ben will be 38 when he comes back and he’s starting to lose his touch, let Jaylen Hurts come in be back up for a year and then have him take over.

  7. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    They changed it but for a while the Trib had the Ben Out for Season headline taking up the entire top of the web page.

    The headline on 9/11/01 wasn’t as big.

  8. goldenmisfit

    All Steeler fans were you really going to be any good anyway this year? The first game with Ben you got killed 33-3 and when he left the second game you were down 21-10. You lost Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown you were going to be 8-8 and that was in a perfect scenario. I know we all say “we don’t want anyone getting injured“ but let’s be all honest karma just smiled on all of us. The guy forces out Todd Haley all because his offensive coordinator told him to focus more on football and a little less on partying, then he goes to management and convinces them not to give Le’Veon the money he wants so he can get an extension and then despite what many of you think he was the one that forced Antonio Brown out of town. Any wide receiver with the credentials of Antonio Brown if they heard their quarterback who he was a huge safety blanket for sake to the media “who said Antonio was our number one receiver?“ That would have severed all ties with that quarterback. So regardless what Steeler fans want to believe this was karma merging with the football gods to finally make it all right.

    • graysondecker

      Only about half of Steeler fans are even upset by the Big Ben injury. A lot are relieved, actually. Ben isn’t loved in Pittsburgh the same way Brees is loved in New Orleans, Brady in New England, and Rodgers in Green Bay, because we all know he’s a jerk. And you make the comment as if losing Antonio Brown was a bad thing for the Steelers, when they got decent draft compensation for a team cancer and potential rapist. Sure, fans were overly optimistic, but so were the Browns fans that thought they were going to the Super Bowl this year, then watched their team get blasted by the Titans of all teams.

      • al avias phone

        that’s not what the rest of us see or hear outside of Pittsburgh.. you all give the very feeling that he’s “one of us” lol,man,I hope not,I view people from your state and city as good people!

  9. The comment about “not having the support of Antonio Brown” adds absolutely nothing to this article.

  10. sascoach2003

    Brees and Big Ben in the same day. Time for somebody to step up and get the job done.

  11. qbass187

    They should have moved on from this oaf years ago. Best thing to happen to this team is having this move forced on them. Now all they have left to do is dump Tomlinson.

    • al avias phone

      what is the problem with Tomlinson? seems to be a ok coach but seems right from the time he got hired nobody seemed to like the guy.

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