Steelers activate QB Ben Roethlisberger from reserve/COVID list

Big Ben is on track to play Sunday vs. the Bengals.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated Ben Roethlisberger from the reserve/COVID list and the quarterback will be eligible to play on Sunday, the team announced Saturday.

Roethlisberger was among four Steelers identified as “high risk” close contacts in the wake of teammate Vance McDonald’s positive COVID-19 test result this past Tuesday. Per the league’s intensive protocols, Roethlisberger and the other three “high risk” close contacts spent five days in isolation and took part in virtual meetings throughout the week while on the reserve/COVID list.

Linebacker Vince Williams, running back Jaylen Samuels and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins were also activated from the reserve/COVID list on Saturday and are eligible to play as well. McDonald will remain on the list and has already been ruled out for Sunday.

Under the assumption his QB would be activated, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Friday that Roethlisberger will have an extended walk-through on Saturday to give him extra in-person time with teammates.

Tomlin’s plan shall go forward as the Steelers (8-0) aim to keep their record perfect on Sunday vs. the Bengals (2-5-1) in Week 10.

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