Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the 2019 season, the team announced on Monday.
Roethlisberger underwent an MRI on Sunday, after which the team's medical staff determined that surgery would be required. Roethlisberger will be placed on injured reserve following the procedure.
The franchise quarterback issued a statement on Monday following the news.
"I’ve been informed that I need season ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect," Roethlisberger said. "This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people. I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season. The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give."
Roethlisberger was injured late in the first half of Pittsburgh's 28–26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He grabbed his throwing elbow after attempting a pass on the team's final drive of the half. He briefly went into the locker room but returned to the sideline for the last two minutes of the first half and for all of the second half. The 37-year-old quarterback was 8-of-15 for 75 yards before leaving the game.
Mason Rudolph will take over under center in Roethlisberger's absence. The second-year quarterback nearly led the Steelers to a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career appearance, completing 12-of-19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Steelers will face the 49ers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.