Steelers Place Ben Roethlisberger On IR, Promote QB Devlin Hodges

Mike Tomlin confirmed Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of this season due to the elbow injury he sustained Sunday, and the Steelers moved quickly to adjust their quarterback depth chart. The team placed Roethlisberger on IR and promoted Devlin Hodges from its practice squad.

Recently re-signed to Pittsburgh’s practice squad, Hodges was with the team in the preseason. He completed 20 of 38 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Hodges won the Walter Payton Award, given to Division I-FCS’ top player, in 2016 while at Samford.

This will mark a major change for the Steelers, who in 2018 had Josh Dobbs installed as Roethlisberger’s backup. Dobbs is now in Jacksonville, and Hodges will back up Mason Rudolph. The Steelers just extended Big Ben this offseason. He is under contract through the 2021 season.

Pittsburgh plans to look for another quarterback, with the likely hope the to-be-determined acquisition will be stationed between Rudolph and Hodges on the depth chart, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets.

The Steelers took Rudolph in the 2018 third round. Big Ben was critical of the pick, as it used an asset on a developmental quarterback rather than a position player who could help immediately. Unless the Steelers bring in a veteran backup, they will find out plenty about Rudolph this season.

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13 comments on “Steelers Place Ben Roethlisberger On IR, Promote QB Devlin Hodges

    • Perksy

      Better than my lowly Giants. I’m hoping a team needs Eli because I’m tired of hearing about a QB controversy when the atrocious defense is the main cause.

  1. al avias phone

    and…the rest us laugh..lol, nobody cares outside that smelly city that smells like dirty hot dog water..big rapist is a crybaby.he got lucky cause he was going to be exposed as the mediocre QB he is.he doesn’t have elite players to bail him out unlike HOF QB like BRADY who turns mediocre players into great ones

    • madmanTX

      Brady deflates his balls, abuses his kids with that diet of his and looks like Lurch from the Addams Family. You Patsie fanboys keep coming on here gloating about Ben getting hurt are going to find no sympathy the next time Brady goes down.

      • al avias phone

        lol,yeah well,I’ll worry bout that when it happens.until then I’ll happily watch my PATS grind up the rest of the league while getting to yet another SB.but I’ll enjoy it just a lil bit more if that scrub team gets eliminated from contention extra early and gets to stay at that city that smells like dirty hot dog water! yup Pittsburgh

    • TJECK109

      I’d be careful with the rapist talk their Al. I mean you have the prostitute needy Kraft, just traded for a guy that now has 2 sexual misconduct claims against him and once had a TE that committed murder. And I’ve been to Boston several times, the stench of the drunks in that god awful design of a town doesn’t come off your clothes.

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