No NFL player, coach, or fan should ever wish an injury upon anyone. But in wake of one injury, the Ravens' quest to win back-to-back AFC North titles has likely become a lot easier.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder of the 2019 NFL season, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin announced in a statement on Monday.
Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his right elbow during the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Late Sunday evening, the team medical staff determined he would need surgery, effectively ending his 2019 campaign.
"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," Tomlin said. "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."
Mason Rudolph, the team's third-round pick in 2018, will replace their future Hall of Fame QB for the time being.
Even if Roethlisberger's injury had not occurred, through two weeks, the Ravens looked like the team to beat in the division. Baltimore is undefeated, while Pittsburgh dropped their first two contests. The Ravens, according to fivethirtyeight.com, have a 72-percent chance to make the playoffs, the fifth-highest percentage in the NFL.
Since 2010, either Pittsburgh or Baltimore has won all but two AFC North titles.
The Ravens get their first crack at Rudolph and the Steelers in just three weeks, when Baltimore will travel to Pittsburgh on Oct. 6.
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