Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger plans to return from his elbow injury and continue his career. The two-time Super Bowl champion is set to undergo season-ending elbow surgery this week, according to Adam Schefter.
Roethlisberger will not require Tommy John surgery so there is no concern about his availability to play next season. According to Schefter, there is “complete optimism” Ben will be able to go next season.
Regarding the injury, the exact nature of it remains unclear, per Schefter. The procedure that he’ll have will be to repair a muscle tear that does not involve any ligaments or tendons, according to Jason La Canfora. La Canfora notes Roethlisberger’s recovery plan will include throwing in the spring.
The Steelers are hoping to continue their 2019 campaign with Mason Rudolph and have full confidence in him. Ian Rapoport notes that while they picked him in the third round, they had a first-round grade on him.
Rudolph is starting his first game for the Steelers today against the 49ers.