Pittsburgh Steelers Without Ben Roethlisberger for Sunday Night Football Fixture Against Detroit Lions

Published 11/14/2021, 4:48 AM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) gestures as he leaves the field after defeating the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is all set to miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions as the Pittsburgh Steelers have placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Saturday. As the Steelers compete for the top spot in the AFC North table, the backup QB Mason Rudolph will lead the team.

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Placing a player on the COVID list could mean that the player has either tested positive or has been around an infected person. However, the Steelers did not clearly state whether the quarterback was positive or just a close contact. Though it’s deduced that the 39-year-old has tested positive.

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It is due to the fact that the quarterback himself on the “Dan Patrick Show” earlier this month revealed that he was fully vaccinated. And since according to the NFL protocols vaccinated players need not be sidelined for close contact, hence Roethlisberger has to have tested positive for COVID-19.

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For Roethlisberger to return, the quarterback needs two negative reports 24 hours apart. However, until then the responsibility of the QB spot is with the 26-year-old Mason Rudolph who is all set to start his first game of the season this Sunday.

Rudolph last played for the Steelers in Week 17 of the 2020 season, he also started eight games in a row during the 2019 season following the season-ending elbow of Roethlisberger. In his four-season long career with the Steelers so far Rudolph has thrown 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions while getting sacked 16 times.

With Roethlisberger off the squad, Dwayne Haskins will be active for the Steelers first time this season. However, the Steelers don’t seem to hold up any better without the likes of the star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, which is even evident on the stats.

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Over the past three seasons, the Steelers have recorded 17-8 (.680) when starting Roethlisberger and only 8-7 (.533) without him. The Steelers average 4.6 fewer points without him, with less reliance on the passing game.

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And with the Ravens’ shocking loss against the Dolphins past Thursday, the Steelers 5-3 can claim the top spot of the AFC North table if they seal a win against the 0-8 Detroit Lions who still struggle to find their first win so far this season.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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