Are The Steelers Signing Colin Kaepernick?
Are the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Colin Kaepernick after Ben Roethlisberger’s injury?
Roethlisberger, 37, will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday.
According to the statement released by Tomlin, Roethlisberger will undergo the surgery this week.
“Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required,” Tomlin said.
“We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season.”
Head Coach Mike Tomlin released a statement regarding QB Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2019
There is no timetable for his return at this stage.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of this weekend’s outing against the Seattle Seahawks.
After attempting a pass during Pittsburgh’s final drive of the half, Roethlisberger could be seen clutching his elbow.
He ultimately ended up leaving the game with his status questionable pending further tests.
Further tests ended up proving that the injury was in fact as severe as Roethlisberger had feared.
After Roethlisberger left the game, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Unfortunately, the Steelers still ended up falling to Seattle 28-26 and are now 0-2 on the season.
Despite the fact that Rudolph looked decent as a replacement, few believe he is ready to fill Roethlisberger’s shoes at this stage in his career.
Sportsbooks immediately downgraded Pittsburgh 40-1 to 100-1 to win the Superbowl.
While the Steelers still have a very solid team in place, you cannot do much in the NFL nowadays without a credible quarterback.
So who can Pittsburgh bring in at this late stage to steady the offense?
Although the 31-year-old has been out of the NFL for three years over his protests of racial injustice, he could be a perfect fit alongside this veteran Steelers squad.
During his final year with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick put up 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions. Moreover, he did it on a 90.7 rating.
That season, he started in 11 of the 12 games he played and proved himself as more than competent enough as a quarterback to deserve a starting or backup gig in the NFL.
Obviously Kaepernick has been out for three years and there is going to be an adjustment period. Nobody can despite that.
That being said, just a few weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts were considering bringing in Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassell to replace Andrew Luck.
The pickings are slim out there, and Pittsburgh could do a hell of a lot worse than Kaepernick .
Clearly Kaepernick comes with a lot of noise and distractions around him, but a legendary franchise like the Steelers with a veteran locker room could handle it in a way that a lot of younger teams could not.
If the Steelers truly believe Rudolph has what it takes to step into Roethlisberger’s shoes, let him start and bring Kaepernick in off the bench.
If they don’t believe he can lead the team this season to where it needs to go, bring in Kaepernick and see whether he has what it takes to start.
Either way, though, this would make a lot of sense for both sides.
Will the Steelers ultimately bring in Kaepernick?
It remains to be seen.