Ben Roethlisberger and three other Steelers go on COVID-19 reserve

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list today.

The Steelers announced that Roethlisberger, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, running back Jaylen Samuels and linebacker Vince Williams are all on the reserve list and have to isolate for at least five days and test negative before they can be around the team again.

Players can go on COVID-19 reserve either because they tested positive or because they were exposed to someone who tested positive. The Steelers did not say whether any of the players placed on the list today tested positive.

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list yesterday. The Steelers have also had at least one staff member test positive.

According to the team’s announcement, it is still possible that Roethlisberger and the other players will be able to play on Sunday against the Bengals, if they test negative this week.

31 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger and three other Steelers go on COVID-19 reserve

  1. Get well soon guys! It would suck to see the undefeated Steelers lose their first game because of stupid Covid.

  2. I guess Ben is faking it right folks? He just asked to be put on the COVID list so he can come back to play on Sunday and look like a hero right?

  3. If these guys can’t practice this week, none of them are going to play on Sunday. That has been Tomlin’s rule. Oh well. Cincy has a good chance to win.

  4. enoughofthatalready says:
    November 10, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I guess Ben is faking it right folks? He just asked to be put on the COVID list so he can come back to play on Sunday and look like a hero right?

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    I wouldn’t put it past him.

  5. Every team has to deal with this. Steelers time now. There is still too much meet and greet going on after the game is final. I am shocked the coaches are allowing players to hug and shake hands with opponents.

  6. Hopefully, this is just a precautionary, contact tracing type thing. Firstly, for the people involved, and then secondly for the team. Since the team announced they could possibly play this week, I would assume it’s a precaution.

  7. If McDonald tested positive, this could be a “close contact” thing. Have they closed their facilities yet?

    I think it’s clear that the daily testing isn’t as effective as everyone hoped. I think the league is going to have to adjust policies to keep anyone with an illness designation away from the team even if they are testing negative since the McDonald thing appears to be the same as Humphrey last week for the Ravens.

  8. To believe a highly tuned athlete can get this is ridiculous. I’m as un tuned as you can get and I’m 59 years old. Still never got it

  9. What does it say when trolls attack a news story about players being put on Covid precautions? I actually think in Ben’s case he can use the rest.

  10. troy43mvp says:
    November 10, 2020 at 11:02 am
    What does it say when trolls attack a news story about players being put on Covid precautions? I actually think in Ben’s case he can use the rest.

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    Unfortunately, there are many people out there that can only feel good about themselves by running people down…like that makes them, somehow, superior.

  11. Can’t really punish the Steelers when it’s possible the TE caught it during the Ravens game, playing against a Ravens corner who tested positive immediately after the game.

    Now if they decide the Steelers didn’t do the best job they could to limit the spread of the virus after the test, then yes they can and should punish the team.

  12. enoughofthatalready says:
    November 10, 2020 at 10:17 am
    If these guys can’t practice this week, none of them are going to play on Sunday. That has been Tomlin’s rule. Oh well. Cincy has a good chance to win.
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    Nope, Ben has played over the years with no practice all week.

  13. Steelers need to be punished. Vance missed Friday’s practice with an “illness”. Pittsburgh should have taken better precautions with Vance

  14. outlawdanman says:
    November 10, 2020 at 11:45 am
    Steelers need to be punished. Vance missed Friday’s practice with an “illness”. Pittsburgh should have taken better precautions with Vance

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    So Vance tests negative for Covid on Friday, but the Steelers take the precaution to have him miss practice. He then tests negative again for Covid on Saturday. He then tests negative again for Covid on Sunday.

    Why should the Steelers be punished for not taking proper precautions?

  15. The players get tested EVERY DAY. To suggest that Vance or the Steelers knew he had COVID and let him play in the Dallas game is just silliness. If there is proof that Vance or the team failed to observe protocols, then by all means punish them. But all this proves to me is how little we all know about how this disease spreads and when it becomes detectable.

  16. Man that knee injury healed up pretty fast didn’t it? Ben is a real Meryl Streep, never surprises me.

  17. exituselite says:
    November 10, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Get well soon guys! It would suck to see the undefeated Steelers lose their first game because of stupid Covid.

    It would actually be because of “stupid Steelers”, not stupid Covid.

  18. Ben may not have planned to go on the COVID list but between that and his knees he sure won’t miss the opportunity to tell everyone how he will tough it out.

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