Pittsburgh Steelers have to rely on an undrafted rookie quarterback to make a push for postseason football in 2019. It looks like they won’t be having the same problem next year as their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger promises to be back “stronger and better than ever” in 2020.
Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury in September, which required him to undergo a season-ending procedure. He was projected to return in time for next season, but in recent weeks, rumors surfaced that the 37-year-old signal-caller might not play football again.
These rumors captured the attention of Roethlisberger himself, who recently went on Twitter to clear any doubts about his future in the NFL.
“Contrary to recent reports out there about my football future and my ‘uncertainty’ about playing again, I am working hard and am more determined than ever to come back stronger and better than ever next year!” Roethlisberger wrote on Twitter.
While Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the playoff hunt, needing a win against Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 to get in, the team obviously misses Ben Roethlisberger. Following Roethlisberger’s injury, Steelers turned to Mason Rudolph, who was the third-round-pick in 2018. However, Rudolph struggled as a starter, so the team ended up benching him for undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges.
Hodges got off to a hot start but ended up throwing two early interceptions in Week 16, which got him benched for Rudolph. He re-entered the game shortly after being benched, however, as Rudolph suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.