Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Roethlisberger has said he has been vaccinated, meaning he can leave isolation with two negative tests 24 hours apart. But the timing isn’t right for the Steelers, and head coach Mike Tomlin will have to reconfigure his attack.
Backup Mason Rudolph is expected to get his first start of the season. Rudolph has experience starting for the Steelers when he performed during a previous Roethlisberger injury, but playing on such short notice will increase the pressure for the young quarterback.
In the 2019 season, Rudolph started eight games for the Steelers and produced a decent record of 5-3. In his lone start last season, Rudolph threw for 315 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
This can feel like an audition for Rudolph, who hopes to become Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback after Roethlisberger retires. Dwayne Haskins is expected to serve as Rudolph’s backup on Sunday.