The Pittsburgh Steelers were in danger of possibly missing starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for this weekend’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals when Big Ben landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Roethlisberger is “on track” to be removed from the list Saturday, giving him a chance to play Sunday.
From NFL Now: #Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is on track to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list tomorrow and play on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/eN976oZjvB
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2020
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has traditionally maintained a strict “no practice, no play” mentality during his tenure.
However, Ben will at least have the chance to partake in a walkthrough if activated Saturday, though he will not have had any practice reps.
Pittsburgh struggled with Roethlisberger sidelined for all but two games last season. But with the veteran passer under center, the Steelers have gotten off to the best start in franchise history.
Roethlisberger has not been quite as explosive through the air as he has been in past seasons. But the lifetime Steeler has been quite steady.
Roethlisberger is completing over 68 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards and 18 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He leads the NFL with three fourth-quarter comebacks, also ranking near the top in terms of game-winning drives (3).
The Steelers will be glad to possibly have Ben available, considering the Bengals’ own offense has actually strung things together quite nicely in recent weeks and is also coming off an upset victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 8.
Pittsburgh is the lone undefeated team remaining in the NFL, and the Steelers will hope Roethlisberger is activated and ready to help the team sustain its momentum.