Ben Roethlisberger injured: Steelers promote QB Devlin Hodges to backup Mason Rudolph

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On Monday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reacted to the shocking news that his season was over after suffering a brutal elbow injury by acknowledging that all he can do at this point is trust God.

Roethlisberger wants to avoid going under the knife, but team doctors will decide his injury protocol moving forward. Conner, along with Roethlisberger, was hurt during Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Roethlisberger was 8-for-15 for 75 yards before leaving the game.

How much the Steelers like Mason Rudolph in the short term to keep the team competitive in 2019 and the long-term in being the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlisberger is even more evident with the Steelers trading their 2020 first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins tonight for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick of the 2018 draft.

"I worked for this", Rudolph said. We've got 14 games left. In an Instagram post published on Monday (Sept. 16), the veteran rhymer/football fan suggested that the team hire Colin Kaepernick to take over quarterback duties. "That was the plan".

Can Mason Rudolph lead the team in Big Ben's absence?

"I'm not going to be someone I'm not", Rudolph said. "I'm not a guy who goes out and wings it".

Fitzpatrick will help the Steelers immediately and for years to come. The Steelers can't sign Landry Jones, who spent five years with the franchise, because he's contractually committed to the XFL. The Steelers also signed former Denver backup Paxton Lynch to the practice squad behind Rudolph and second-stringer Delvin Hodges.

There has been a rash of injuries to both starting and backup quarterbacks through the first two weeks of the National Football League season, and one former NFC champion is still working out hoping for a call. Hodges, who completed 69.1 percent of his attempts, threw for 4,088 yards (while completing 70.8 percent of his passes) with 36 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 2016, his first season as a full-time starting college quarterback. He has won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) and is a six-time Pro Bowler.

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