In a statement released by the team, Tomlin said Roethlisberger will undergo the surgery at some point this week after having an MRI on Sunday night.
Later Monday, Roethlisberger said in a statement that the news was “shocking and heartbreaking” and that he feels “like I am letting down so many people.” The quarterback said he plans to return to play 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,” Roethlisberger said. “I will do all I can to support Mason [Rudolph] 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.”
The injury news wasn’t all bad for the Steelers on Monday. Running back James Conner said on 93.7 The Fan that tests showed no tears or any significant damage to his knee and he is confident he will be able to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Conner, along with Roethlisberger, was hurt during Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Steelers, who placed Roethlisberger on injured reserve Monday, have not yet provided details about the injury, and there is no timetable for when the six-time Pro Bowler will be able to play again.
Roethlisberger was hurt late in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss, grabbing his elbow after attempting a pass on the team’s final drive of the half.
Roethlisberger had complained of arm soreness coming off the Week 1 loss at New England, multiple teammates said Monday. One Steeler told ESPN that he texted Roethlisberger on Sunday night and the quarterback responded that the injury outlook was “not good.”
Monday’s locker room scene was unsettled. This is the first time in Roethlisberger’s 16-year career that he is set to miss more than four games in a row.
“It’s super weird. Really surreal,” guard David DeCastro said. “You’ve got to have the football mentality that the next guy’s up and move on, but obviously with a guy like that it’s a little different. Easier said than done.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Jeremy Fowler