Roethlisberger, Conner hurts when the Steelers false to 0-2

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 0-2 in their preliminary quarter rally Sunday after a short game against the Seattle Seahawks.

But potentially, even more, worrying with the team's 28–26 loss was the early departure of two major offensive starts.

Ben Roethlisberger came out with his drawn arm at the end of the second quarter with an elbow injury, and runner James Conner left in the final quarter with a knee injury. Both were suspected to be returned, but neither returned. After the game, coach Mike Tomlin said that both players were being evaluated, along with some other injured players including Sean Davis (shoulder), Vince Williams (hamstring) and Anthony Chicillo (plantar fasciitis).

"We lost a lot of players in this game, but that was not the reason we couldn't win this game," Tomlin said. "We were fully capable with the boys on the field. We didn't make enough plays to be honest with you. We didn't get clean enough in a long time. We have to improve." We accept responsibility. "

Rothlisberger grabbed his deep elbow after an effort on the Steelers' last move.

In Roethlisberger's absence, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph almost led the Steelers to a comeback in the fourth quarter in his first appearance on the run, completing 12 of 19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Rudolph, a third-round pick of 2018, started the second half, hitting Rothleysberger before going off the field and the two talked between units for the rest of the game.

"We don't change the offensive for him," Tomlin said. "Mason is capable. He has been a part of it. He is the substitute quarterback. When we are there we are able to act normally and we did it."

Under the direction of the young QB, the Steelers scored a field goal and scored two touchdowns in the second half, both passing to tight end Rudolph, Wayne McDonald.

Rudolf's first impulse was brief, as the second attempt on the pass was interrupted when the ball bounced towards Donet Monariff's third and longhand. Deep Bradley McDougall jumps to stop him.

However, Rudolph returned on the next impulse when he hit a Juju Smith-Schuster catch in a 45-yard flea nap. The unit eventually halted in the red zone for smaller field goals.

In the final quarter, Rudolph threw two touchdown passes, including the first of his career, and took the Steelers with five minutes remaining in two games. The second touch occurred when rogue Devin Bush picked up a loose ball in the snap-in Seattle area and returned it at the 3-yard line. Rudolph hit McDonald in the middle for a 3-yard touchdown on the next game for the first multi-touchdown game at the end of his career.

"He's going to throw the ball and do his readings," McDonald said. "I think he's very deliberate about it, and it's something we can expect aggressively. I think he's come a long way from last year. If he's our man, So he is our man, and we have to move forward on that. "

The offensive showed renewed energy under Rudolph's direction, scoring only one of six runs in the first half and converting two of the five in the second half.

David Rudastro said of Rudolph, "Very confident." "He came, obviously, I knew plays, instantaneous matters, very little, I was very impressed to see if there were any."

Roethlisberger, who had 1 of 4 passes, threw 5 yards down the field, entered the locker room briefly, but remained on the bench in the second two minutes of the first half and the second half.

If Rothlisberger can't leave next week, Rudolph will be ready. Reiterating the injury to the starting quarterback, the Steelers later expressed their confidence in Rudolph in the Lauder Room, and Rudolph from the postgame podium as well.

"I'm completely convinced," Rudolph said. "I've always trusted myself, to be the team leader and win the game. That's what it comes down to. If that's the case I'm ready to roll."