Pittsburgh Steelers star JuJu Smith-Schuster believes in his new quarterback Mason Rudolph following Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending injury.

Pittsburgh will turn to second-year signal-caller Rudolph after long-time starter Roethlisberger was ruled out for the remainder of the NFL campaign due to an arm injury sustained against the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Smith-Schuster was asked about adjusting to playing with Rudolph and he talked up the 24-year-old QB.

"We've got to stay positive and have to work with the guys on our field [and] in our locker room," Smith-Schuster told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

"It was unfortunate for our best player to go down ... but he'll be around helping and supporting us. Mason Rudolph is going to help us win a lot of games moving forward."

Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers since he was selected with the 11th pick in the 2004 draft. He has led the team to two Super Bowl victories and made six Pro Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh. 

"As a receiver, we work with our quarterbacks each and every day," Smith-Schuster said. "Whether it's Ben [Roethlisberger] or Mason ... You could see on Sunday [against the Seahawks] we had a little bit of [chemistry]. We just want to show the world we can be more."

Smith-Schuster, 22, has caught 11 passes for 162 yards so far this season. But, the Steelers have started 0-2.

"Stay with us," Smith-Schuster said when asked about his message to Pittsburgh fans. "Stay positive. Let's keep moving forward. It's going to be a great season. Don't leave us out yet. We still have conference play and a lot more games to play." 

The Steelers are set to face the San Francisco 49ers away from home in Week 3 on Sunday.


Few people could have predicted that Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph and Daniel Jones would be the talk of the NFL at the end of Week 2.

But that is where things stand after the official benching of Eli Manning on Tuesday followed injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 2 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:


– Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay spoke highly of his interior offensive line's performance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday despite being composed of two new starters: "Really, when you look at those three guys, very young group," he said. "They did a good job as the game progressed."

– Despite a disappointing outing on Sunday in which he missed three kicks, Indianapolis Colts veteran Adam Vinatieri is not getting discouraged: "I'm going to work a lot this week to get those demons out so I can go clear-headed and step on the field and just do my job," he told reporters.

– Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians talked about what it was like babysitting Ronde and Tiki Barber in late 1970s as a Virginia Tech team-mate and room-mate of their father James: "[Ronde]'s got some really ugly pictures of me with some bad hair."

– Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey requested a trade but remains focused on winning while he is still with the team: "All I care about is winning man, s***...I want to f****** win. Straight up. Excuse my language," he told reporters.

– Speaking of Ramsey, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took notice of the situation and suggested players refrain from airing their grievances on social media: "I would tell them that I can't tell you the teams that have said to me, 'Boy, that's the last thing I need is somebody that would put his business out there like that and talk about it in public. I don't want him either'," Jones told 105.3 "The Fan" in Dallas. "Usually it's a rule around the NFL that if they'll act that way with the team they're with, they'll act that way with the team I've got or the one I'm managing."

– In the wake of Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin remains optimistic the veteran will be back next year: "He fully intends to come back from his injury, and everything we've heard, we're comfortable that's a strong possibility," he told reporters. "I'll say this — we feel comfortable with the team we've assembled. Our level of expectations in terms of level of our performance will not change and has not changed."

– With Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton also hurt, safety Eric Reid is open to the idea of the team potentially signing Colin Kaepernick: "The team have not approached me, but I would welcome that."

– New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is focused on the future after benching long-time starting quarterback Manning for rookie Daniel Jones: "This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."

– Ahead of the team's game in Jacksonville, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is actually tired of watching his 99-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars from last December: "I'm sure [the Jaguars] are, because I am tired of seeing it — so I know for sure they are," he told reporters. "It's over with, man. It was a great moment, and I appreciate it. I cherish it. But it's time to move on now."

– New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on his first trade with rivals the Jets: "We don't want to help the Jets, they don't want to help us. We're in the same division, so they're not the easiest trades to make but, you know, if the trade is good for both teams and ultimately what we're trying to do is improve our team. We have 14 other games to play besides the games against the Jets, so do we want to help them, do they want to help us? No and no, but in the end, if it helps us in the other 14 games and helps our team, then it's something that's worth considering."

As Week 3 officially gets underway, three more quarterbacks appear to have gone down.

Meanwhile, one team padded their secondary with a top safety.

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Giants name Jones starting QB

Eli Manning's inconsistencies finally caught up to him as the New York Giants benched the veteran quarterback after their 0-2 start to the season. Now, the Giants will see if their surprising selection of Daniel Jones out of Duke with the sixth overall pick in April will pay off.

Manning's accomplishments over the last almost 15 years as a starter have been overshadowed in recent seasons and he has thrown for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019. On the other hand, Jones threw for 416 yards with two touchdowns in the preseason and briefly played in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fitzpatrick dealt by Dolphins

Disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick finally got his wish and is set to help a Pittsburgh Steelers secondary that will need all the help they can get after Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Pittsburgh also signed Paxton Lynch to their practice squad.

The Miami Dolphins take away a 2020 first-round pick as well as a 2020 fifth-round pick and a sixth-rounder in 2021 in the deal, bringing their total to five first-round picks in the next two drafts.

Newton not at practice after re-injuring foot

It is the latest hurdle for the Carolina Panthers quarterback, who just got over his nagging shoulder injury that turned the team's 2018 season sideways. While general manager Marty Hurney confirmed Cam Newton's absence was due to the re-aggravation of a mild-foot sprain he suffered during the preseason, he could not provide a timetable for his return.

If Newton is unable to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said backup Kyle Allen will get the start.

"I think Kyle's more than ready," Rivera told reporters. "… I think he's got a really good arm, makes good decisions. He just needs to speed himself up a bit."

Two things that don't matter

Siemian out for season

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase confirmed backup-turned-starter Trevor Siemian will need surgery after suffering torn ankle ligaments in Monday's loss to the Cleveland Browns. It means the team are down to their third-string quarterback after Sam Darnold was lost to mono last week.

Like Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk is set to make his first career NFL start on Sunday with a team desperate for quarterback depth. He was on the practice squad as recently as Monday morning but completed 20 of 25 passes for 198 yards as he filled in for Siemian during the final three quarters of the game.

Woods expected to miss 4-6 weeks 

Dallas Cowboys safety Xavier Woods has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and reportedly will not be back until around November, though team owner Jerry Jones declined to give a definitive timeline.

"You had it right until you said 'serious'," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "We'll evaluate it as the week goes along. He's young. He might be able to move on it pretty good at that position. Some positions have a tougher time — defensive linemen and those sorts of things."

It is a tough defensive loss after Woods proved to be a viable starter. He has 17 total tackles and one forced fumble so far this season, so the Cowboys will look to veteran Darian Thompson to help fill the void.

One video you have to see

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey requested a trade after he was involved in a heated exchange with coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines last weekend, but he appears intent on making the most of his situation.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Patrick Mahomes' mother, Randi Martin, shared a sweet post on Twitter for his 24th birthday that included several adorable throwback photos of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback.

The Dolphins and Steelers find themselves in similar situations to start the 2019 season: in an 0-2 hole without a franchise quarterback.

In the wake of Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury, which elevated second-year backup Mason Rudolph to the starting role, Pittsburgh acquired disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick from Miami to pad its secondary. (The Steelers also got a fourth-round pick in 2020 and a seventh-round pick in 2021.)

The Dolphins received a first-round pick in next year's draft in addition to a 2020 fifth-rounder and a 2021 sixth-rounder in the deal to bolster their inevitable rebuild.

But what exactly is the plan for the Dolphins? And why would the Steelers be willing to trade a valuable draft selection to save a season that's seemingly gone down the drain already?

Let's start in Miami, where the Dolphins have been outscored by a whopping 92 points through their first two games this season. While there's got to be a light at the end of the tunnel, it's more a question of how long it will take to get there.

The Dolphins now have five first-round picks in the next two drafts, including three first-rounders in the 2020 draft, hardly dispelling the notion they are tanking to better their draft position. With this season seemingly already lost, the Dolphins may look to take further advantage of their downward spiral but still wait until 2021 to make a move under center.

Then again, there's only so much the team can take with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. He has a plausibly reliable backup in second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, the former 10th overall pick who saw limited action in Arizona before being replaced by rookie Kyler Murray.

Looking ahead, some sharp incoming prospects have NFL fans begging their teams to tank in order to snag talented quarterbacks like Oregon's Justin Herbert, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.

But Miami's moves point beyond just high draft picks. By offloading left tackle Laremy Tunsil, receiver Kenny Stills and linebacker Kiko Alonso before they dealt Fitzpatrick this week, the Dolphins shed a lot of salary. Miami are on course to have over $100million in cap space for 2020, it's a significant play to a hopefully brighter future.

Which brings us to Pittsburgh, where Roethlisberger has vowed to "come back stronger than ever next season" after undergoing surgery.

The 37-year-old is unlikely to stay with the Steelers beyond the two-year contract extension he signed in the offseason, so the team will need a successor soon.

Rudolph may be up for the challenge and impressed in relief of Roethlisberger against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers now have the luxury of a season-long look at Rudolph in the starring role. Still, Roethlisberger's injury is evidence that situations can change in an instant, which could prompt Pittsburgh to also look closely at the 2021 draft for the next face of its franchise.

The Steelers contending with Rudolph under center is not out of the question if offensive weapons Vance McDonald, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster can stay healthy.

However, if the offense is unable to produce to a satisfactory level, then adding a defensive back like 22-year-old Fitzpatrick, the 11th pick in the 2018 draft, can help the defense take ove the team narrative and carry the load.

It's too early in the season to tell whether the respective strategies of the Dolphins and Steelers will pay off, but we have a good idea of the direction each team is headed.

It is not a great week for some of the NFL's best and most durable quarterbacks.

In Week 3, the league looks set to be without Drew Brees (thumb), Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), Cam Newton (foot) and Eli Manning (benched). Here are their current prognoses:

- The New Orelans Saints' Brees will have surgery on a torn ligament on his right (throwing) thumb and is potentially out for six weeks.

- Roethlisberger is out for the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is set for surgery on his right (throwing) elbow.

- Newton aggravated the mid-foot sprain he suffered in the preseason and there is no timetable for his return for the Carolina Panthers.

- Manning was benched in favour of rookie Daniel Jones after the New York Giants' 0-2 start.

And this comes just one week after Nick Foles (shoulder) was sidelined for about 10 weeks and Sam Darnold (mono) was ruled out for an undetermined period. Not to mention the fact Andrew Luck retired before Week 1.

But this truly is the week that people will remember as one sure-fire Hall of Famer (Brees) and two probable Hall of Famers (Roethlisberger and Manning) were lost to injury or flagging performance.

So just what are we losing in these players? We take a look at some of their career numbers:

- Brees, Roethlisberger, Newton and Manning have combined to throw 1,429 touchdown passes.

- They have won a combined 484 games.

- They have been selected to 25 Pro Bowls.

- The four have been in seven Super Bowls and won five.

- They have made two first-team All-Pro teams.

- One has been an MVP (Newton) and two were Super Bowl MVPs (Brees and Manning).

- Since becoming full-time starters they have missed a combined 39 games out of 842, roughly one out of every 21 played.

- If their injuries and benchings are accurate, they will miss 35 games this season alone and possibly more.

The NFL certainly took a blow this week, but their careers are not over. Roethlisberger, Brees and Newton have football left in them, while Manning could easily stay on as a backup for the Giants and a mentor for Jones.

It finally happened: Eli Manning has been benched by the New York Giants.

It has been on the horizon for several years. It almost happened in 2017 when then-coach Ben McAdoo dropped Manning in favour of Geno Smith, but McAdoo was fired soon after and the veteran reprised his role.

Now it is rookie Daniel Jones' turn, and the writing had been on the wall.

Jones was drafted to be the Giants' quarterback of the future, he was great in the preseason and Manning was sub-standard as New York started 0-2.

But no matter what you think of Manning, he goes down as one of only 12 quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls. That is where the conversation about his career must begin.

Two Super Bowls

Manning did not just win two Super Bowls, he was a two-time Super Bowl MVP, and in those games he made iconic throws and posted good numbers. He went 49-for-74 passing for 551 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and beat Tom Brady twice.

But while those are incredible accomplishments to hang his hat on, his run to those Super Bowls cannot be forgotten either. The Giants had to win four games in both postseasons and Manning threw 15 touchdown passes to just two interceptions while going 8-0.

It is unlikely the Giants would have won either of those championships without him. That truly defines his career.

A .500 record

However, a less impressive factor that cannot be overlooked is his winning percentage as a starter in the regular-season. Manning has made 232 starts in his career and has a 116-116 record.

Championships are the true measure of a quarterback, but a team does not expect a .500 record when it pays $252million to a player over their career.

Top 10 in two all-time passing rankings

Manning has made only four Pro Bowls in his 15-year career and has never won a regular-season MVP award, but his stats are impressive.

Manning has seven 4,000-yard passing seasons, three years with 30 touchdown passes and is seventh all-time in passing yards and eighth in passing touchdowns. Add that to two Super Bowls and that is certainly a Hall of Fame resume.

However, a look at the entire picture muddies his legacy. Manning also had three 20-interception seasons and is currently 14th all-time with 241 career picks.

Manning is undoubtedly a talented and successful quarterback but with a career full of average performances and a 38-59 record over his past seven seasons, it is unsurprising the Giants are looking to move on.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's status for Week 3 is in question after he missed practice due to a foot injury.

The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Newton was not present at practice, and general manager Marty Hurney said it was due to the re-aggravation of a mild-foot sprain he suffered during the preaseason.

There is no timetable for Newton's return.

"We will see how it goes," Hurney said, via The Athletic.

Newton went 25-for-51 passing in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday and had a career-low two carries for zero yards.

The 2011 first overall pick had shoulder surgery in the offseason, and the Panthers' decision not to give him the ball on a quarterback sneak near the goal line in the waning moments of Thursday's game raised questions over his fitness.

Carolina have an 0-2 record after following losses to the Los Angeles Rams and the Buccaneers. The Panthers face the winless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Eli Manning era in New York appears to be over after the Giants announced they will start Daniel Jones in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Following a hint from head coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, the move was confirmed in a team statement after two inconsistent starts by Manning that have left the Giants in an 0-2 hole.

Jones, selected sixth overall in April, gave the Giants reason to believe in their backup with his strong performances during the preseason as he completed 29 of his 34 passes for 416 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Meanwhile, Manning has thrown for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the first two games.

Minkah Fitzpatrick is heading to the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Miami Dolphins opted to trade the safety.

According to widespread reports, Miami have agreed to move the 22-year-old – who they drafted at number 11 overall only a year ago - to the Steelers in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.

The Dolphins will also receive a 2020 fifth-round pick and a sixth-rounder in 2021 as part of the deal, while Pittsburgh will get fourth and seventh-round selections, along with the player.

Having already parted ways with left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills this season, the Dolphins now hold five first-round picks in the next two NFL drafts.

They have not been competitive in either of their games this season – heavy losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots – amid reports multiple players have contacted their agents with the hope of being traded away from the team.

Fitzpatrick played against the Patriots on Sunday even after the team granted him permission to seek a trade, as reports claimed they were "certain" they would receive a first-round pick in return.

He has recorded nine pass breakups and two interceptions in 18 career games, not missing a match in his young career.

The Steelers, meanwhile, are looking to revive their season as they sit 0-2 having lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after he suffered an elbow injury against the Seattle Seahawks that will require surgery.  

With Roethlisberger out for the season, they face the unbeaten 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday with back-up QB Mason Rudolph set to start for the remainder of the campaign.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s performance was the highlight of the Cleveland Browns' 23-3 win over the New York Jets in the NFL on Monday.

The game itself was not that exciting, but Beckham continued to make impressive catches in something of a homecoming – only this time it was in a Cleveland uniform.

The game started with Beckham making a one-handed grab to set up the Browns' first score, a 23-yard field goal.

And then an 89-yard touchdown reception followed, where the only person to keep pace with Beckham was the sideline official.

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver finished with six receptions for 161 yards and the lone touchdown.

His output nearly equalled that of the Jets' passing total.


Three takeaways from the Browns' easy win over the Jets

The Browns looked ... good?

It is only Week 2, and it was a matchup with the struggling and depleted Jets, but the Browns did look like a team that might be able to live up to their preseason hype. 

After a forgettable performance in Week 1 that saw Cleveland rack up 18 penalties, the team were far more composed at MetLife Stadium.

The Browns ended the night with nine penalties and had an all-round better performance behind quarterback Baker Mayfield, who finished 19-of-35 passing for 325 yards with one score and one interception.


Beckham, Jarvis Landry team up in primetime

The two receivers' relationship dates back to well before they played together at LSU. They are so close that Jarvis Landry cried when he found out Beckham was joining the Browns this offseason. 

After the 2014 draft separated Beckham and Landry, they reunited on a team that were touted as playoff contenders, which puts some pressure on the pair – along with Mayfield.

Cleveland will have a tough schedule ahead against teams that have all started 2-0. The Browns avoided the dreaded 0-2 start themselves and finally got a win on the road in Beckham's old house, which should give the team confidence going forward.

"Honestly, it was a pretty warm reception," Beckham told ESPN of his return. "It was nothing but love and I've felt like I've lost enough games period. I've lost enough games here so to leave with a win is a good feeling."


No Sam Darnold, no Trevor Siemian, big problem

New York, who were already without starter Sam Darnold, were forced to bring in third-string quarterback Luke Falk in the first half.

Trevor Siemian exited the game after suffering an ankle injury, the team announced. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI to assess the damage on Tuesday. 

Until then, the Jets will need to make a decision when it comes to their offensive plans because even with Siemian in the game, they struggled mightily. They started the second quarter with just one yard of offense and it did not get much better from there.

Falk, a second-year QB out of Washington State, finished 20 of 25 passing for 198 yards.

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian exited Monday's game against the Cleveland Browns due to an ankle injury.

New York, who were already without starter Sam Darnold, were forced to bring in third-string signal-caller Luke Falk.

Siemian was tackled awkwardly in the second quarter and went to the locker room after spending time on the bench being evaluated.

He was, however, able to put weight on his leg.

Before exiting the game, Siemian was three-for-six with only three yards.

Darnold missed the game with mono and is expected to be out until at least Week 5.

Ahead of Monday's Cleveland Browns-New York Jets matchup to cap the second week of action, Week 3 is already coming into focus, and it is all about quarterbacks.

Meanwhile, there has been another development regarding Antonio Brown.

Three things that matter

Drew Brees could miss six weeks after surgery

The New Orleans Saints quarterback left Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams early and was seen on the sidelines with his hand taped. It was later reported he will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and could be out until November as he recovers.

Coach Sean Payton confirmed on a Monday conference call that Brees, who has missed just one game due to injury in his 13-year NFL career, will get a second opinion but Teddy Bridgewater is still expected to take over as the starter.

He finished Sunday 17 of 30 for 165 yards with no touchdowns in place of Brees.

Ben Roethlisberger out for season with elbow injury

It is a blow for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team finally got over their 2018 drama. Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks before being benched in the second half with an elbow injury. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed an MRI later revealed the severity of the damage, which will require season-ending surgery.

Mason Rudolph is set to take over as the starter in place of Roethlisberger, who will be missing in action due to injury for the first time since Week 7 of the 2016 season, but the team seem to have faith in the second-year quarterback after he went 12 of 19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and a pick on Sunday.

Antonio Brown denies claims of sexual misconduct from second woman

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied claims of sexual misconduct from a second woman.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer, last week filed a civil lawsuit against him in Florida, claiming he sexually assaulted her three times over two years, allegedly raping her in 2018.

Brown denied the allegations, while the NFL opened its own investigation.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated ran a story from a second woman, who came forward on the condition of anonymity, but Brown has also denied the latest accusation.

Two things that don't matter

Giants hint at possibility of change at QB

As the New York Giants find themselves in an 0-2 hole thanks to veteran Eli Manning, coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he will remain the starter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"He's been our starter to this point," Shurmur told reporters. "I'm not ready to talk about that."

Daniel Jones, selected sixth overall in April, gave the Giants reason to believe in their backup with his strong performance during the preseason and will keep warm as he waits on his call if Manning's inconsistencies continue.

Taco Charlton wants release from Cowboys

The defensive end took to Twitter to ask Dallas to "free" him. The initial tweet was eventually deleted and Charlton later wrote the move was "the last thing I want to do".

It was reported on Sunday that the Cowboys had "recent trade talks" about Charlton, who had asked to be traded this offseason. It looks like those discussions could heat up again as early as this week.

One video you have to see

Eddy Pineiro's foot saved the day in Chicago, and it was exciting no matter which broadcast you heard.

Monday's tweet of the day

Browns defensive end Chris Smith dedicated his performance on Monday against the Jets to his late girlfriend, Petara Cordero. She died last week after she was struck by a vehicle, just weeks after she gave birth to their first child.

Ben Roethlisberger has outlined a desire to return to "championship-level play" for the Pittsburgh Steelers following a season-ending injury.

Quarterback Roethlisberger has previously hinted at the possibility of retiring from the sport in the near future but committed to the Steelers through to the end of the 2021 campaign with a new deal in the offseason.

However, the 37-year-old was ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 season on Monday as coach Mike Tomlin revealed he would require elbow surgery.

Roethlisberger, who has won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh, suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Roethlisberger's absence deals another blow to the Steelers, who are 0-2 through two weeks, having seen key men Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell leave the team.

But veteran Roethlisberger released a statement in which he suggested he felt he had let the team down and promised to work to return to form and fitness.

"I've been informed that I need season-ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect," it read.

"This is shocking and heartbreaking 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 honour my contract and reward them with championship-level play.

"I will do all I can to support Mason [Rudolph] and the team this season to help win games.

"I love this game, my team-mates, the Steelers organisation and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give."

Backup Rudolph started the second half against the Seahawks following Roethlisberger's injury.

The Steelers were at least boosted by news of James Conner's fitness.

The running back, who missed three games last season with an ankle ailment, left the Seattle defeat with a knee problem but told 93.7 The Fan he had suffered no significant damage.

Rapper Snoop Dogg has told the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending injury.

Roethlisberger was ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 campaign on Monday after damaging his right elbow in the Steelers' narrow defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach Mike Tomlin revealed Roethlisberger would require surgery, continuing a dismal start to the season in which Pittsburgh are 0-2.

Steelers superfan Snoop believes he has a solution, though, as he wants the team to move for Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season.

Snoop posted a picture of Kaepernick on his Instagram page with the caption: "Steelers, go get him now or we gone [sic] look like the old Cleveland Browns.

"He better than 70% of the QBs in the league. Let's. Go. Steel city."

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kaepernick is now in his third season without a team, having settled a case against the NFL and its ownership in February.

Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, had accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game.

The 31-year-old has posted workout videos on social media in recent months, claiming he is "still ready" for a return.

After his Kaepernick plea, Snoop uploaded another image to Instagram which stated: "Still a Steelers fan, just give me a few days to recover!"

Backup Mason Rudolph played the second half for the Steelers against the Seahawks and is set to feature again when they visit the Niners in Week 3.

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