The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's injured right elbow will require surgery, ending the 37-year-old's 16th season just two weeks in.
Roethlisberger wants to avoid going under the knife, but team doctors will decide his injury protocol moving forward.
With Roethlisberger out for the year, it is not inconceivable that the Steelers win fewer than five games this season.
That Fitzpatrick - the highly touted 11th pick from the 2018 draft - was traded was not a shock, as the woebegone Dolphins put him on the trade block after getting off to an 0-2 start. Roethlisberger did not play the second half of the game.
His 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the 2008 Super Bowl against Arizona gave the Steelers their sixth title and is considered one of the seminal moment's in the championship game's history.
There's a clear risk for the Steelers here if Mason Rudolph by January looks like more of a long-term backup than a legitimate National Football League starter that see's the Steelers flame out with a 4 to 5 win season and hand the Dolphins a top-5 pick. Pittsburgh now faces at least 14 games without him.
"If that's the case, I'll be ready to roll", he said. "I wanted to be in this position". Roethlisberger arrived at the team facility around 2 p.m. ET on Monday. "That is what I am going to continue to do".
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Rudolph is the only healthy quarterback on the Steelers' 53-man roster, so the team will likely look to outside help. Devlin Hodges was elevated from the practice squad on Monday. He holds the club record in just about every major statistical passing category, including yards (56,545), touchdowns (363), attempts (7,230) and completions (4,651). He has won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) and is a six-time Pro Bowler.