The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Saturday evening. Currently, it is unclear if Roethlisberger tested positive or if he was considered a close contact with someone who has contracted the virus. In any event, because his placement on the reserve list is on the eve of Week 10, he does not have enough time to clear protocols to be able to play on Sunday.
With Roethlisberger out, Mason Rudolph will get the starting nod for Pittsburgh. Rudolph has started nine games for the Steelers in his career and has gone 5-4. His most recent start came back in Week 17 of 2020 when he completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 24-22 loss to Cleveland. In 15 regular season games played in his career, Rudolph has completed 61.7% of his passes, averaged 139.3 passing yards per game, and has 15 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.