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Steelers activate Ben Roethlisberger from reserve/COVID-19 list

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their starting quarterback on Sunday as they attempt to start the season 9-0 and remain the NFL’s only undefeated team. 

Pittsburgh announced Saturday that it has activated Ben Roethlisberger from the reserve/COVID list. Linebacker Vince Williams, running back Jaylen Samuels and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins also were removed from the reserve/COVID list. 

Roethlisberger and the three other players who were placed on the reserve/COVID list never tested positive for the coronavirus. They were placed on the list out of an abundance of caution because of exposure to tight end Vance McDonald, who returned a positive result last weekend. 

The Steelers are set to host Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 2-5-1, this weekend. 

Head coach Mike Tomlin revealed Friday that the team will have a lengthened walkthrough practice on Saturday in order to give Roethlisberger more time to prepare for Sunday’s game. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



 

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