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BREAKING: Big Ben to have season-ending elbow surgery

The Steelers will have to overcome an 0-2 start without Ben Roethlisberger, who needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season. AP

ESPN says that Pittsburg Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the season.

Coach Mike Tomlin says in a statement that Roethlisberger will have surgery at some point this week after having an MRI on Sunday night.

The Steelers have not given details about the injury or when the six-time Pro Bowler will be able to play again. However, the team has placed Roethlisberger on injured reserve.

Roethlisberger was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN says he grabbed his elbow after trying to pass on the team's final drive of the half.

ESPN says second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph nearly led the Steelers to a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career appearance while filling in for Roethlisberger. Rudolph completed 12 of 19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

37-year-old Roethlisberger is the Steeler's franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles. He led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards last season, his 15th with the Steelers, and signed a contract extension this past March that runs through the 2021 season, EPSN says.

EPSN claims Roethlisberger's injury had an immediate impact on the Steeler's odds at Caesars Sportsbook, where they went from 40-1 to 100-1 to win the Super Bowl and 18-1 to 40-1 to win the AFC.

His injury also affected the odds to win the AFC North at Caesars, which dropped Pittsburgh to 16-1 for the division title - well behind the Baltimore Ravens (-200) and the Cleveland Browns (+170)

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