Steelers activate 4 off of Reserve/COVID-19 list, including QB Roethlisberger

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off of the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was place on the list on Tuesday with three others.

Roethlisberger, running back Jalyen Samuels, linebacker Vince Williams, and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins went on the list due to close contact with tight end Vance McDonald, who tested positive on Monday. Besides Roethlisberger, the three additional players were activated off the list, as well.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up before his team faces the Baltimore Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger warms up before his team faces the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by the Pittsburgh Steelers/Instagram)

“I am doing good. I feel great,” Roethlisberger said. “My body enjoyed the week off. My mind from teaching pre-K did not enjoy the week off. It was fun to be home with them, but I definitely missed the guys.

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“You are always a little nervous about it. I wore a mask when I was at home. If we went anywhere in the car, I wore a mask. The family got tested every other day, I got tested every day. You are always nervous. My wife said I don’t care if I get it, I don’t want our kids to get it. You always care more about your kids. We have been as safe as we possibly can at home.”

Roethlisberger, Samuels, Williams, and Hawkins were held out of practice for five days. In the past, the signal-caller has been able to play without practicing with his teammates.

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“It’s definitely different than years past,” Roethlisberger said. “Typically, when I haven’t practiced, I am at least on the field, behind the quarterbacks, hearing the calls that were made, hearing the play call coming in from the coach, (Maurkice) Pouncey’s calls. Things like that.

“As Coach (Mike) Tomlin would say the in-helmet perspective. If you are not out there, at least you can hear it and be a part of it. It was definitely different. I watched every play of practice, but you watch on your iPad at home, so you don’t get to hear all of those things. It was definitely different than anything I have experienced before.”

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These four players will join their teammates on Sunday when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals. The game has been flexed to be a 4:25 pm game on FOX.

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