Steelers to visit 49ers without Roethlisberger after QB ruled out for season

Pittsburgh veteran is headed for elbow surgery

Karl Buscheck
September 16, 2019 - 10:04 am

The 49ers will be facing a Steelers team sans Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday in Santa Clara, as Kyle Shanahan’s club aims to jump out to a 3-0 start.

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Pittsburgh’s two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is done for the season, with elbow surgery on the horizon.

In the place of Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph will be under center. A third-round pick in 2018, Rudolph impressed in the Week 2 loss to Seattle when he relieved Roethlisberger. The second-year quarterback connected on 12 of 19 passes, throwing for 119 yards.

Meanwhile, James Conner, the team’s top running back injured his knee in the defeat against the Seahawks and remains a question mark for Week 3.

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