The news all Steelers fans feared was confirmed by the team Monday morning. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's season has ended after suffering a right elbow injury on Sunday against Seattle.

The team issued this statement from head coach Mike Tomlin:

"Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required. We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season."


Roethlisberger suffered the injury during a drive in the second quarter. He remained in for the rest of the drive, flexing his arm after each throw. He then jogged off to the locker room right before the end of the first-half

With the season-ending injury, Pittsburgh now turns to second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph. The former Oklahoma St starter played the entire second half Sunday. He was 12-19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Rudolph is the only current quarterback on the Steelers' roster, meaning Pittsburgh will have to make a move.

One likely candidate for the backup job could be practice squad member Devlin Hodges.

The Steelers play in San Francisco for Week 3 of the season.