Our Ben has gone for the season with an injury to his right elbow. Although he’s been placed on injured reserve for the season, I would be very surprised if we don’t see him on the sideline. That will be a big help to Mason Rudolph while he finds his feet in professional football.
With Ben’s injury, a lot of fans have suddenly become medical experts. Mixed diagnosis from the newly conceived medicinal professionals suggest he won’t come back from this injury.
The statement he issued (see below) suggests he wants to return. He will be 38 if he does. Tom Brady is still playing good football at 42 so age is not against Ben. It’s his head that will make the decision.
A couple of years ago he threatened retirement. If Rudolph does as well as we hope, will that affect the way Ben thinks about returning? He’ll be spending more time with his family and that might just edge him towards a decision.
The Steelers invested a lot in Ben. Not only in the new contract he signed before the season began, but by ensuring his offensive line remained stable to provide him with protection. That solid O-line will now afford Mason Rudolph with an opportunity to shine and more exciting times should be ahead for #SteelerNation.
Whatever happens, it looks like we have a roller coaster season ahead, especially with the signing of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
I’ve been informed that I need season ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect. This is shocking and heart-breaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people. I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season. The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give.