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Steelers places QB Ben Roethlisberger on reserve/Covid-19 list

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the team’s Sunday home game against the Detroit Lions. Roethlisberger has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is thus eliminated for Sunday’s game against the Lions.

With Roethlisberger out for Sunday’s game, backup quarterback Mason Rudolph will get the start against the Lions and he will be supported by quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who has yet to dress for a game this season.

Rudolph comes in on Sunday, 5-4 as starter. His last start came on Week 17 of the 2021 regular season against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers lost that game 24-22. Rudolph was 22-of-39 in that game for 315 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Roethlisberger recently confirmed that he has been vaccinated, so there is no mandatory 10-day period for him, as there was for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week.

Vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic may be returned to the facility once they have undergone two consecutive negative laboratory PCR tests, taken at least 24 hours apart. Vaccinated individuals who are symptomatic should also return two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart and be asymptomatic for 48 hours. If vaccinated individuals do not return two consecutive negative tests, they may return after 10 days.

Before Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury in 2019 that required surgery and missed the rest of that season, he hadn’t missed a game due to injury since October 2016.

Roethlisberger was listed as not practicing on Thursday, so at least Rudolph got some extra practice reps this week with the first team attack.