Nov 1, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to throw a pass during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger activated from COVID-19 list

Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was among four Pittsburgh Steelers players activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

Roethlisberger, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, running back Jaylen Samuels and linebacker Vince Williams were all placed on the list after tight end Vance McDonald tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

All four are eligible for Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals after continuing to test negative and avoiding the development of symptoms for five days.

The unbeaten Steelers (8-0) have been preparing for the Bengals (2-5-1) as if Roethlisberger will be on the field. Roethlisberger has passed for 1,934 yards and 18 touchdowns against four interceptions this season.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Friday the Steelers will go through an expanded walkthrough on Saturday to help Roethlisberger prepare.

“If he comes off of the protocol, we are going to have an extended walkthrough … just to give him an in-helmet perspective on some of the situational things, to put the finishing touches on our work, to allow him to work with the eligibles that he will work with in game, to have any necessary informal conversations that allow us to have a level of comfort as we push into play,” said Tomlin.

Roethlisberger, 38, stayed engaged through the week by participating in virtual meetings and communicating with the coaching staff.

Backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs both received extra work with the first team this week, but there was no indication of who would start if Roethlisberger were unavailable.

–Field Level Media

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