Roethlisberger has elbow surgery, plans 2020 NFL return

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had surgery on his season-ending right elbow injury, but expects to return for the 2020 NFL season, the club says (AFP Photo/Joe Sargent)
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Los Angeles (AFP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had right elbow surgery on Monday but plans to be back for the 2020 NFL season, the club said.

"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.