With Roethlisberger out, substitute Mason Rudolph is set to get his first start of the 2021 season.
Roethlisberger recently said in an interview with the Dan Patrick Show that he was vaccinated, which means there is a possibility he could return for next Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. According to the league’s COVID-19 protocols, a vaccinated player must return two negative tests 24 hours apart and be asymptomatic to return. If they show symptoms, vaccinated players can return after a maximum of 10 days.
Rudolph, who is expected to start in Roethlisberger’s place, last saw the game in week 17 of the 2020 season. He also started eight games in the 2019 season following Roethlisberger’s elbow injury which left Roethlisberger injured. ended the season. During his career, Rudolph threw 15 touchdowns for 10 interceptions and was sacked 16 times.
Roethlisberger has taken fewer reps than usual this week, not training on Wednesday or Thursday after Monday night’s win over the Chicago Bears, meaning Rudolph had some extra work this week before the unexpected start on Sunday .
With Roethlisberger on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, who signed a one-year contract with the Steelers in the offseason, will be active for the first time this season.
Roethlisberger is the first Steelers player to be on the COVID-19 roster this season. A year ago, Roethlisberger landed on the roster as close contact with tight end Vance McDonald, who tested positive, but the quarterback hasn’t missed a game.
The line for Sunday’s game went from Pittsburgh -8 to -6.5 at Caesars Sportsbook with news that Roethlisberger was sent off.