The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight games and are looking to extend that winning streak when they host the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field in Week 10. If they were to claim their 6th win of the season, they will have to do it. without Ben Roethlisberger.
Per Burt Lauten, director of public relations for the Steelers, Roethlisberger has been placed on the NFL’s reserve / COVID-19 list.
STATUS UPDATE: #Steels Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list and is OUT for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
– Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) November 14, 2021
The news means Roethlisberger will be excluded from the game, but could return for the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers if he has consecutive negative tests, according to NFL protocols.
Without Roethlisberger in the lineup, that means Mason Rudolph will start, and Dwayne Haskins will be active on game day for the first time in his brief stint with the Steelers.
It is assumed that Mason Rudolph will make his ninth career start. Starting eight games in 2019 when Roethlisberger was out for the season, Rudolph had a 5-3 record as a starter. In his only start to 2020, Rudolph led the Steelers to Cleveland in Week 17 and almost caused a big upheaval for the Browns as they fought for their life in the playoffs. Over the course of his career, Rudolph has 15 career touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a completion percentage of 61.7%.
The Steelers now face the Lions, who are coming out of their week off, and face an offense without Roethlisberger and Chase Claypool, who was ruled out of the game with a toe injury. It won’t be easy, but neither is it. Nonetheless, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes regarding the Steelers as they prepare for the Lions this Sunday at Heinz Field.
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