- Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list for the team along with three other players on Tuesday.
- The QB was placed on the list due to close contact with the virus and high-risk protocols the league has to enforce.
- If he passed the required COVID-19 test this week, he will not be forced to miss next Sunday’s game against the Broncos to preserve their undefeated season.
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that QB Ben Roethlisberger and three other players have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list for the team on Tuesday morning.
The team also placed running back Jaylen Samuels, offensive lineman Jeral Hawkins, and linebacker Vince Williams on the list. All four players will be forced to isolate for five days and cannot come to the team facility.
This announcement came after tight end Vance McDonald was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday evening. Tuesday’s report was announced by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and he also further explained that Roethlisberger was deemed high-risk, close contact which was why he was placed on the list.
To be clear, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger has tested negative and was placed on the Reserve/COVID list for close contacts, per source. Roethlisberger is said to have “been diligent” with his behavior around others.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2020
Roethlisberger has spoken up about taking precautions and protocols seriously in the midst of this season especially once the team began to allow fans in the stadiums.
“We need to be cautious, be careful and protect each other,” said Roethlisberger in October. “Fans are allowed in the stadium, which means we’re allowed to have guests in town and things like that. In the Roethlisberger family, we’re not changing anything. No guests are coming in town. But there are a few challenges that have been presented and so hopefully guys can continue to be as cautious and as careful as we have been to this point.”
If Roethlisberger passes the required COVID test this week he would become eligible to play in the Sunday game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger joins Browns QB, Baker Mayfield, making it two out of four of the AFC North’s starting QBs on the Reserve/COVID list.
The Steelers are the only undefeated team in the NFL and legal sports betting sites have them as the second favorite to win the AFC Championship with +275 odds.
The possibility of not having Ben Roethlisberger on the field may make those betting on the NFL hesitant on taking the Steelers odds this weekend and for future bets.
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