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Hodges to 53-man roster; Ben to IR

The Steelers made it official on Monday, placing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve/injured list, ending his 2019 season.

With Roethlisberger out for the year, the Steelers promoted rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Hodges said he is ready to do whatever is asked of him in his role as the team’s No. 2 quarterback.

“That is something I have done every day since I have been here, compete and have fun and get better each and every day,” said Hodges. “That is what I am going to continue to do.”

Hodges, a rookie from Samford, completed 20 of 38 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, with one interception.

Hodges originally signed with the Steelers as a rookie free agent after making an impression in rookie minicamp as a tryout player. At Samford he set a single-season school record with 4,283 yards passing last season, breaking his own record set in 2016. He won the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top offensive player in FCS football. Hodges also won the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year. Hodges finished his college career with 14,584 passing yards.

The Steelers released Hodges when the team made the cutdown to the 53-man roster, but he was signed to the practice squad last week.

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