Ben Roethlisberger among four Steelers players activated from reserve/COVID-19 list


Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, linebacker Vince Williams, tackle Jerald Hawkins and running back Jaylen Samuels will be in uniform. It came one day after tight end Vance McDonald was put on the list following a positive test, and the four were put on as close contacts.

Pittsburgh is the only undefeated team left in the NFL.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers would go through an expanded walkthrough on Saturday to help Roethlisberger prepare. "It was definitely a lot different than anything I've experienced before", Roethlisberger said of his week of game preparation. None of the players can attend any practices or be at team facilities during quarantine, though they are allowed to participate in team meetings. My mind, from teaching pre-K, did not enjoy the week off.

Players on the list either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Defensive quality control coach Jordan Kovacs will step in for Golden, secondary/safeties coach Robert Livingston assumes Jackson's responsibilities, and defensive assistant Gerald Chatman steps in for Duffner. The Steelers officially announced on Saturday morning that Big Ben has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Hilton will miss his fourth game in a row because of a shoulder injury.

The Steelers are scheduled to host the Bengals (2-5-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET. The No. 12 Tennessee men's basketball team signed Kennedy Chandler, a five-star prospect who's the nation's top-rated point guard in the 2021 class. UEFA cancelled Norway's Nations League game in Romania because it could not travel after a COVID-19 case in the squad.