Ben Roethlisberger expounds on his injury, Mason Rudolph again sitting out ; Ron Cook

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Artisan Rudolph got a definitive support subsequent to driving the Steelers past the Cincinnati Bengals for his first win as a NFL beginning quarterback.

“I thought he was awesome,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “He didn’t just manage the game. He went out and won the game.”

This was late Monday night after the Steelers destroyed the Bengals 27-3. Roethlisberger halted on out of Heinz Field and made his first open remarks since his elbow damage against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 15. He talked about Rudolph, however about the group pushing ahead without him, his medical procedure in Los Angeles Sept. 23 and his plan to return in 2020 for his seventeenth NFL season.

“Absolutely, I plan on playing again,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s my absolute goal. That’s why we did the surgery. The reason we did it and did it so soon is because I want to come back. I don’t have any doubts in my head about that. If you have doubts, then you’ve already lost. It’s going to be a long road, but I’m excited for the opportunity to show I can do it.”

“I want to go out on my own terms. No one wants to leave on an injury they can’t control.”

Roethlisberger wouldn’t talk about the points of interest of his medical procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a Mount Pleasant local and dear companion of Steelers orthopedic specialist Dr. Jim Bradley. “That’s the one thing I don’t think I can tell you at this point.” But Roethlisberger said he is anticipating being back at 100 percent for the group’s OTAs in May, minicamp in June and the beginning of preparing camp in July. That implies he didn’t have feared Tommy John medical procedure, which typically takes a year or more for full recuperation.

“It’s going to be up to the doctors and how [the elbow] responds,” Roethlisberger said. “But I’m very optimistic.”

Rudolph said Roethlisberger grumbled of elbow torment after the Steelers’ first game against the New England Patriots on Sept. 8. Roethlisberger shrugged and said there will be some distress when people toss the ball a huge number of times as they has done during his long profession. they said they saw more torment than expected toward the beginning of the last drive of the second quarter against the Seahawks. they got his elbow in the wake of finishing a 15-yard go to JuJu Smith-Schuster to one side of the field, on the other hand with more feeling after an inadequacy profound for Smith-Schuster to one side at last zone. He tossed two all the more short goes during that drive before considering it daily and, as it turned out, a season.

“The long one to JuJu, it truly hurt,” Roethlisberger said. “I went to the sideline and Doc [Bradley] stated, ‘I can’t release you pull out there. I’ve never observed you act this way. You as a rule can manage things. I don’t have a clue what it is, so I can’t stand to release you pull out there.’ It’s something worth being thankful for he didn’t.”

Roethlisberger watched the second 50% of the Seattle game from the sideline and saw Rudolph toss two touchdown goes in a 28-26 misfortune. they was back on the sideline Monday night — their correct elbow in a cast — and saw Rudolph complete 24 of 28 goes for 229 yards, two touchdowns and a 124.6 passer rating.

“He did everything they asked him to do,” Roethlisberger said of Rudolph. “He made plays. He made big plays when we needed him to. He took a check-down when we needed him to. He threw deep when we needed him to. He even lined up at wide receiver [in the wildcat formation] when we needed him to. He did a lot more than just manage the game.”

“I tried to help him. I told him before the game, ‘I’ll do as much or as little as you want. I’m here.’ We talked during the game. He grabbed me when we came into the locker room after the game and told me, ‘Thanks for your help. I appreciate you being there.’ I just told him, ‘Any way I can help.’ I don’t want to do too much if he doesn’t want me to, but I’ll do as much as he wants.”

The elbow damage was the principal real damage of Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame-bore profession. There never is a decent time for a player to get injured, however the planning for their early this season appeared to be particularly unpleasant. they was anticipating indicating they could enable the Steelers to return to the playoffs subsequent to missing last season. they needed to indicate he could enable the group to win without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

“I was really excited for this season,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to be out there with my guys.”

Seeing Rudolph play well against the Bengals in a success facilitated Roethlisberger’s torment.

To a point, in any case.

“It’s really hard not being able to play,” they said, “but I’m going to do what I can to support Mason and the guys.”

Now, that is all Roethlisberger can do.

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