Steelers place Ben Roethlisberger on reserve / COVID-19 roster, week 10 ruled out against Lions – .

Steelers place Ben Roethlisberger on reserve / COVID-19 roster, week 10 ruled out against Lions – .

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve / COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions, the team announced on Saturday evening. Currently, it is not known whether Roethlisberger tested positive or if he was considered to be in close contact with someone who has contracted the virus. Either way, because his reserve roster placement is on the eve of Week 10, he doesn’t have enough time to clear protocols to be able to play on Sunday.

With Roethlisberger absent, Mason Rudolph will get the go-ahead for Pittsburgh. Rudolph started nine games for the Steelers in his career and is 5-4. His most recent start came in Week 17 of 2020 when he completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 24-22 loss to Cleveland. In 15 regular season games played during his career, Rudolph completed 61.7% of his passes, totaled 139.3 passing yards per game and totaled 15 touchdowns for 10 interceptions.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger recently told the Dan Patrick Show that he’s been vaccinated, so there’s a chance he could return for next Sunday’s game against the Chargers. If he had not been vaccinated, he would not have been allowed to return in time.

The Steelers and Lions begin their Week 10 clash from Heinz Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Fantastic impact

“The absence of Roethlisberger probably doesn’t matter too much in this game, especially with the Steelers looking so heavily into the race lately. The Steelers haven’t asked Roethlisberger to throw a lot on the pitch either, so Rudolph will likely be asked to just manage the game – especially if the Lions offense can’t put pressure on them. Najee Harris should have his typical workload, and Diontae Johnson and Pat Freiermuth should see the majority of the targets. Johnson should still be a viable WR2 thanks to volume, while Freiermuth remains a decent starting tight winger, although his chances of finding the end zone are obviously a bit slimmer. – Chris Towers (CBS Sports Fantasy analyst)


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