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"Ben Roethlisberger had successful surgery on his right elbow on Monday in Los Angeles," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement.
"Once Ben returns to Pittsburgh, he immediately will begin working with the Steelers' medical staff on his rehabilitation, and he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the field for the 2020 NFL season."
The exact nature of the injury and operation were not disclosed.
The 37-year-old Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl winner, was hurt in the first half of a 28-26 loss to Seattle on September 15.
He could be seen clutching his elbow after unleashing a pass.
The team placed him on season-ending injured reserve the next day.
Pittsburgh, with Mason Rudolph taking over as quarterback, dropped to 0-3 with a loss to San Francisco on Sunday.