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Ben Roethlisberger COVID-19 update: what’s next after Steelers QB banned for Sunday?

The Steelers will have to do without their veteran quarterback when they face the winless Lions on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on Steelers’ COVID-19 list, Burt Lauten, Steelers director of public relations, announced late Saturday night. As expected, Roethlisberger will not play against the Lions.

With Roethlisberger out for the game, the reins of the offense are handed over to Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins.

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Is Ben Roethlisberger playing against Lions?

Due to the late placement on the COVID-19 list, Roethlisberger will not be able to play against Detroit on Sunday.

Under NFL guidelines on COVID-19, vaccinated players who test positive and are symptomatic should be isolated while contact tracing occurs. Those players should be out until they have had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

However, if a player has not been vaccinated, he must be isolated for 10 days and must be asymptomatic before he can return.

This is obviously a big loss for the Steelers, who have seen an improved game from Roethlisberger lately. He started the season with four touchdowns and four interceptions in his first four games, while his team scored just 1-3. Since then, he has led the team to four straight wins and has six touchdown passes to zero picks.

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In total, Roethlisberger has completed 65.6 percent of his passes with 1,986 passing yards with 10 touchdowns to four interceptions.

Neither Rudolph nor Haskins have thrown a pass this season. Rudolph has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with 2,089 passing yards in his career. He has started nine games between 2019 and 2020.

Haskins has started 13 games — appeared in 16 — and completed 60.1 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2,804 passing yards.

The Lions aren’t exactly an easy opponent to pass against, having allowed 1,955 passing yards, the ninth fewest in the league. Without Roethlisberger, however, the Steelers could choose to lean on Najee Harris’ running back. The Lions have allowed the ninth most rushing yards this season.

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Has Ben Roethlisberger been vaccinated?

The good news for Steelers fans is that Roethlisberger may not be out for long.

Roethlisberger told the “Dan Patrick Show” that he has been vaccinated, meaning he can return next Sunday if he has some negative tests 24 hours apart before the team’s next game against the Chargers on “Sunday Night Football”.