Mike Tomlin set up the game with Rudolph at the controls, but said he never ruled out Big Ben
PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger will return.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will be activated into the team’s 53-man roster after approving protocols COVID-19 of the NFL, the Steelers announced Saturday.
Ben roethlisberger It will fly Saturday afternoon with the expectation that it will start Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to the team.
Roethlisberger, who is vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 on November 13 and needed two negative tests to get out of the protocols.
A year ago Roethlisberger missed a week of practice because of a high-risk close contact from a teammate who tested positive. He was activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list and threw for 333 yards and four touchdown passes in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mike tomlin said Tuesday the team would craft a game plan around Mason Rudolph, who started for Roethlisberger against the Detroit Lions, and he would proceed as if he were going to start Sunday night’s matchup, but the coach agreed that he would “leave a light on.” for Roethlisberger.
“He was injured and had personal discomfort in the past during the 15 years we’ve worked together,” Tomlin said. “He always responds, so we will definitely leave the light on for him.”
Roethlisberger, 39, was involved in meetings throughout the week and kept up to date with the game plan through virtual meetings with the quarterback coach Mike sullivan and the offensive coordinator Matt Canada. He was also seen with running back Najee Harris and center Kendrick Green, who said Friday that the quarterback told him he was “feeling better.”
“I’ve talked to him every day,” Canada shared on Thursday. “He talked about the plan, he talked about what we are thinking. He also met with Sully every day and went over the details of those things.”
“He’s preparing like he’s ready to play. It’s almost exactly like last year. Zoom. We all have practice at that. He is very committed, observing the practice and he knows what happens. “