It has been a rough start to the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers and it looks like things are about to get even worse.
On Sunday the Steelers were dealt their second straight loss of the National Football League's 2019 regular season schedule, but the big story following the defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks was not about the scoreboard. No instead every single member of the Steelers' fan base was concerned over the fact that the organizations star quarterback, NFL veteran Ben Roethlisberger, had been forced to leave the game with what appeared to be some type of injury to his arm.
The injury occurred on what looked like a very normal play from the Steelers, and in fact Roethlisberger did not appear to be contacted at all on the play. Instead the Steelers QB merely went through his normal throwing motion and immediately began favoring his arm, indicating that something had gone very wrong. The fact that it was merely the throwing motion that had caused the injury raised a ton of concerns regarding a potential long term injury, and unfortunately on Monday Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the worst.
According to an official statement made by Tomlin, a statement that was released via the Steelers official website, an MRI conducted on Roethlisberger's throwing arm has determined that he will require surgery in his elbow to repair the damage. Unfortunately things get even worse from here Steelers' fans. According to the statement from Tomlin the team will place Roethlisberger on long term injured reserve effective immediately and expect him to miss the remainder of the NFL season as a result of this injury. You heard right, Big Ben is not expected to play in another game this season due to what can only now be described as a truly catastrophic injury.
It's a devastating blow to the Steelers who have been rocked through the first 2 weeks of play, first with a blowout loss to the New England Patriots and now with a loss to the Seahawks that has cost them one of the very best players on their roster. No doubt it will be business as usual for the Steelers as they continue to move throw the season, but this one is going to hurt.
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