Ben Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday’s divisional matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is up in the air, after the Pittsburgh quarterback was deemed a “high risk” close contact with tight end Vance McDonald. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports:
#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and three teammates were deemed to have "high risk" close contact with TE Vance McDonald on Sunday, source said. They're eligible to return to facility Saturday, provided they test negative and no symptoms. Pittsburgh hosts the #Bengals on Sunday.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 10, 2020
By now you know the drill of this football season, where you can never be certain a game will definitely happen or a player will definitely participate in it. The silver lining, at least for the time being, is that Roethlisberger has not yet had a positive test and would thus be eligible for Sunday’s tilt, provided he continues to test negative between now and then.
At 8-0, the Steelers are the last undefeated team in the NFL, and it goes without saying it would be a blow for them if Mason Rudolph were to start in place of Roethlisberger on Sunday.