Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger self-reported possible COVID-19 symptoms before receiving a positive test, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Only after his self-report did Roethlisberger undergo a test, which gave a positive result.
The Steelers placed Roethlisberger on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday night. Mason Rudolph, who has started nine games for Pittsburgh in the past two seasons, will start again on Sunday in his place vs. the Lions.
Roethlisberger recently said on The Dan Patrick Show that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinated players on the reserve/COVID-19 list must be asymptomatic for 48 hours and produce two negative tests 24 hours apart to return to the active roster.
In eight games this season, Roethlisberger has completed 65.6% of his passing attempts for 1,986 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Steelers go into Sunday’s game against the Lions with a 5-3 ‘record’ and are in second place in the AFC North. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
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