The Pittsburgh Steelers received more bad news on Monday.
Ben Roethlisberger will need surgery on his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced.
Roethlisberger, who underwent an MRI on Monday, was hoping to avoid surgery at all costs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The 37-year-old quarterback injured his elbow after attempting a deep pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He initially stayed in the game, but was seen heading to the locker room two minutes before halftime.
When the Steelers offense returned to the field Roethlisberger remained on the sidelines and was considered questionable to return.
Roethlisberger had completed eight of 15 pass attempts for 75 yards before leaving the game.
He was replaced by Mason Rudolph, a third-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. The Steelers will now turn to the 24-year-old to right the ship after starting the season 0-2.
How Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion and Steelers starting quarterback since 2004, recovers from the surgery could raise doubt on whether or not he can continue to play in the NFL.
Roethlisberger is under contract through the 2021 season.