Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was listed on the COVID-19/reserve list. As a result, he could not play for the game on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The announcement was made on Saturday.
Ben Roethlisberger Is The Latest To Contract COVID
Since Ben Roethlisberger could not play, Mason Rudolph, the reserve player, got the first chance to start the game this season. Recently, in an interview with Dan Patrick, Roethlisberger had said that he was vaccinated. This means that he may be able to play again by the game the next Sunday against the Chargers.
ESPN correspondent Adam Scheffer was informed by a source that Ben Roethlisberger’s COVID-19 test had returned positive. A player who is vaccinated but still tests positive has to have 2 negative tests within a minimum of 24 hours. He must also be asymptomatic to be able to play again.
The last time Rudolph had played was in the 17th Week of the previous season. During the season before that, he had been the starter in 8 games following the elbow injury to Ben Roethlisberger that had ended his season. Rudolph has 10 interceptions and 15 touchdowns so far in his career. He has been sacked a total of 16 times as well.
This week, Ben Roethlisberger did not take as many reps as usual. He had not practiced on Wednesday and Thursday following the team’s win over the Bears on Monday. This means that Rudolph had to put in extra work to be ready for the unexpected Sunday start.
Also, as Ben Roethlisberger is out, Dwayne Haskins, an earlier first-round selection with a 1-year contract will become active this season for the first time. Roethlisberger has become the first player from the Steelers to go on the list of COVID-19 infected players in the 2021 season.