Some excellent news for the Steelers’ offense because the crew prepares for Sunday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Chargers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shall be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 record and is “is on track to play Sunday night.” The information was first reported by Steelers PR man Burt Lauten.
Big Ben landed on the reserve/COVID-19 record final weekend, forcing him to overlook Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Lions.
The 39-year-old passer self-reported COVID signs to the crew and subsequently examined optimistic for the virus. Roethlisberger has reportedly handed the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, and whereas he’s not touring with the crew to California, he’s on a separate flight and desiring to play on Sunday.
The Steelers offense predictably struggled final weekend in opposition to the lowly Lions. While backup QB Mason Rudolph did move for 242 yards, he solely accomplished 30 of his 50 passing makes an attempt, and that got here with an additional interval of play earlier than the eventual tie. Rudolph additionally tossed a landing and an interception.
Prior to final weekend, the Steelers had gained 4 in a row to convey themselves squarely into the AFC playoff image. During that streak, Roethlisberger — whose early-season struggles prompted speculation about his job security — was averaging over 200 passing yards per recreation and had thrown six TDs, zero interceptions and posted a 104.6 QB score (h/t Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.)