Steelers fans got an extra Christmas present from their quarterback. Over the last several days, rumors have circulated about Ben Roethlisberger's future in the NFL.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday that sources close to Roethlisberger said the quarterback had doubts of playing again. He added that the Steelers could look for options like Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning and Teddy Bridgewater to fill the role.
Roethlisberger's team cleared the air on those rumors by publishing a tweet saying he does indeed plan to play again and is working hard to get back on the field with his team when healthy.
"P.S. Contrary to recent reports out there about my football future and my ‘uncertainty’ about playing again, I am working hard and am more determined than ever to come back stronger and better than ever next year!" the tweet said.
The Steelers have relied on Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges during Roethlisberger's absence. The team is 8–7 and sits in second place in the AFC North. Rudolph was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday with a shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger underwent elbow surgery in September. The 37-year-old has not been cleared to start throwing yet. The Steelers shut him down after two games this season.