Ben Roethlisberger clears COVID-19 protocols to play vs. Chargers on Sunday night

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Big Ben is back.

The Steelers announced Saturday morning that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has cleared the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and will be activated to start against the Chargers on Sunday night.

As a precaution, Roethlisberger will fly separately from the Steelers’ team charter to Los Angeles.

Roethlisberger has not been great this season, but he’s been better than Mason Rudolph was last week starting in Roethlisberger’s place. The Steelers’ offense couldn’t do much and ended up in a tie game against the lowly Lions.

The Chargers opened as three-point favorites against the Steelers but became favored by as much as 6.5 points. With Roethlisberger now playing, the line will likely move in the Steelers’ direction before kickoff.

13 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger clears COVID-19 protocols to play vs. Chargers on Sunday night

  1. Good news for NFL fans,No one wants to watch Mason Rudolph after last week.Ben should be well rested.I’m still picking the Chargers.

  2. Good news for NFL fans,No one wants to watch Mason Rudolph after last week


    Mike Tomlin was perfectly fine with it, why shouldn’t everyone else be?

  3. Ben is far from what he once was, and last week he might have put up the same 16 points as Rudolph through 3.5 quarters, but everything in my gut tells me that with the ball inside the 50 and 2 minutes left, Ben gets a couple first downs and Boswell wins the game in regulation 19-16. He still has a few magic beans left. He did that versus the Bears the week prior. He somehow managed two touchdowns in the second half vs. Cleveland when the team had no kicker. That’s the difference in Ben vs. Rudolph. The “it” factor in crunch time. In a league where so many games come down to the wire, that difference is a pretty big deal.

  4. If there is anyone out there who didn’t think the NFL would fix the test for Ben to play on Sunday night needs help! As an ER staff member NO WAY he tests positive last Saturday and is negative 6 days later on Friday as well as Saturday. Truth is NFL wants to look like heroes making players sit out for Covid like they are adhering to protocols and doing the right thing!! Ben was playing no matter what!!!

  5. Happy to see Ben will play but I was interested in seeing what Mason Rudolph could do with Chase Claypool back at wide receiver and a full week of practice. Maybe next year!

  6. It wouldn’t be “playing the Steelers” without Ben. Herbert vs Roethlisberger. It’s going to be a fun game to watch.

  7. Ben might not be great this year but he leads the NFL in Game-Winning Drives (GWD) with 4. He is tied with Tom Brady with 50 for his career, third place in history. If someone said who would you want to lead a GWD in the Superbowl, Aaron Rodgers or Ben, most would say A-Rod. Yet A-Rod has only 27 to Ben’s 50 and Ben also actually DID orchestrate a two-minute game-winner against the Cardinals. Fourth Quarter Comebacks (4QC)? Ben more than doubles A-Rod, 38 to 18 and trails only Manning and Brady. Heck Jack Delhomme (19), Alex Smith, Jay Cutler (23), Andy Dalton (23), Jake Plummer (20) and several other mortals have more 4QCs than Rodgers. Even Joe Flacco ties him at 18. Discount Double Check! No MVPs but I would take Ben every time – Two for Three in Superbowls too.

    BTW: I am talking about in a career, not right now. Obviously Rodgers would be better than Ben now as a choice. But over the entire body of work, Ben eclipses him where it counts – clutch 50 GWD and 38 4Qc third All-Time. A handful of Hail Marys clustered together does not mean clutch (Hail Marys are as much luck and the WR as it is the heave by the QB).

  8. Mason Rudolph is a good QB. We see starters playing week after week after week, and they get into a rhythm. They get their timing down with the WR’s and get accustomed to the strengths and weaknesses of their blockers. They get into a Sunday routine. We see them struggle as young QB’s but get better and better with every start. We just saw Josh Allen go from a “bust” a year ago, to one of the best QB’s. The game eventually slows down for them. I don’t understand how anyone who’s been paying even the slightest amount of attention to the NFL, would somehow think Mason Rudolph should be doing something very few QB’s in NFL history have ever done. I actually believe the Steelers fans will grow to love Rudolph, just as Bills fans have come around to embracing Allen. Rudolph is talented, smart, tough, and he’s a fierce competitor. That’s everything you want in a QB, but Rudolph also just looks like a Pittsburgh guy. He’s perfect for that city, just like Josh Allen fits well in Buffalo. Remember, lots of people, including some of the “expert” analysts on TV were not sold on Allen, even after 2 1/2 seasons. Big Ben is a first ballot HOFer, and in my opinion one of the best ever and most underrated. He’s also been in and out of the lineup since Rudolph has been there, so Mason hasn’t really had much of an opportunity to get into a flow. I’m not making excuses. I’m just explaining what’s happening. I’m an old guy. I’ve seen this happen over and over again. I even remember that young Bradshaw kid before he won 4 super bowls. He wasn’t getting too many glowing reviews either.

  9. In his 4th year Mason Rudolph has proved NOTHING. And any OC who has him throw 50 times, like last wk, should be fired for sheer incompetence. Steelers defense totally depleted w/ injuries. Chargers by 34-17, to kick off the usual late season collapse by Pitt.

  10. Imagine being a Steelers fan and traveling all the way to LA to witness an epic beatdown.

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