Ben Roethlisberger in COVID-19 Protocol Limbo for Steelers-Bengals

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:

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.


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Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.