PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger exited the Steelers' 28-26 loss to the Seahawks at halftime — and nobody sounds quite sure when he'll return.
"Ben had an elbow injury to his right elbow," Mike Tomlin began in his postgame press conference. "It's being evaluated. He wasn't able to return."
Yeah, we saw all that, coach. Do you know how serious it is or anything more than that?
"I do not, no."
Roethlisberger exited the game with an 8-for-15, 75 yards, zero touchdowns, zero interceptions stat line.
We saw Roethlisberger after the game in the locker room with no sling, wrap, brace or otherwise alarming gear around his arm or elbow. When asking a few Steelers players in the locker room what they'd heard, it was more of the same: No update. Nobody knows.
That said ...
"He's being evaluated," Tomlin added a second time when probed again on the issue.
That's it, then. That's as good as the update gets for now regarding Roethlisberger's status.
Final. pic.twitter.com/53WBdgX9YM— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 15, 2019
Mason Rudolph took over for Roethlisberger in the game, throwing an interception on his first regular-series season as a pro. But don't blame Rudolph for that one. The third-down pass clanged off Donte Moncrief's hands and was picked off by the Seahawks' Bradley McDougald.
Rudolph bounced back and showed some promise, throwing two fourth-quarter touchdowns, both to Vance McDonald.
"He is going to throw the ball and make his reads," McDonald was saying of Rudolph after the game. "I think he is very deliberate about that and that is something we can look froward to on offense. I think he has come a long way since last year."
Will Roethlisberger start next week? 🤷♂️— DK Pittsburgh Sports (@DKPghSports) September 15, 2019
Will Rudolph? 🤷♂️
Right now, here's everything we know about Roethlisberger's status for Week 3. @HunterAHomistek has the details from Heinz Field: https://t.co/2GgEvWIBns
And if Roethlisberger does have to miss time?
"Obviously, things will change big time, it will be different," McDonald said. "I think [Roethlisberger] and Mason have similar play styles. With the experience we will be missing from Ben, it will be different."
That's still a massive change for the offense. Any time you swap quarterbacks, adjustments will be necessary. And McDonald is prepared to handle them if that's the case.
"If [Rudolph is] our guy, then he is our guy, and we have to move forward with him," McDonald added. "He did well today. I think Mason did a really good job today and he is just going to have to build on that."
Like McDonald, Tomlin believes Rudolph tested well in his first taste of regular-season NFL action.
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