Steelers fans react to Ben Roethlisberger's unexpected absence
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced late Saturday, November 13, that they had placed star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the NFL's Reserve/COVID-19 list. He tested positive for the virus and was ruled out of the game against the Detroit Lions.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Roethlisberger self-reported his symptoms to the staff, took a test, and tested positive for the virus. "This is an excellent example of a player doing the right thing and preventing spread." "Difficult to self-report, but overall a strong leadership decision," Rapoport tweeted.
According to the Steelers injury report, Roethlisberger missed most of the week's practice due to ailments, and backup Mason Rudolph got the majority of the first-team repetitions. He is slated to make his first NFL start in 2021.
In the days leading up to Week 9, in the days following Aaron Rodgers' unvaccinated incident, Roethlisberger appeared on The Dan Patrick Show. He stated that he is completely vaccinated and spoke briefly about the COVID-19 regimen that he and the Steelers players follow on a regular basis at the team's facilities.
Roethlisberger revealed that the only time he takes off his tracer is when he showers. "You'd best have it with you." They'll bring it to you if you leave it in your locker for a second. I don't want to be fined, therefore I keep my tracer activated."
The tracer could end up showing intimate contacts of Roethlisberger, who did practice fully on Friday, November 12, raising concerns about the virus's possible spread. The team will take COVID-19 tests on Sunday morning, as per policy; other players may test positive before the game.
The NFL COVID procedure guideline states that vaccinated persons who are asymptomatic may return to team facilities if they have two consecutive negative laboratory PCR tests done at least 24 hours apart. Individuals who have been vaccinated and are experiencing symptoms must submit two negative tests 24 hours apart and remain asymptomatic for 24 hours. Individuals who have been vaccinated may return after 10 days if they do not produce two consecutive negative tests.
If all goes as planned, Roethlisberger should be ready for Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.