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  • Brooke PryorESPN Group Author

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    • Previously lined the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Well-known particular person and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is attend.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will likely be activated to the crew’s 53-man roster after passing the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, the Steelers announced Saturday.

Roethlisberger will fly individually from the crew constitution to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon with the expectation he’ll begin Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, in line with the crew.

Roethlisberger, who’s vaccinated, tested optimistic for COVID-19 on Nov. 13 and the biggest two negative tests to exit the protocols.

A year within the past, Roethlisberger missed per week of prepare as a high-risk shut contact of a teammate who tested optimistic. He changed into once activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list that Saturday and threw for 333 yards and four landing passes in a take over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the crew would create a recreation opinion around Mason Rudolph, who began for Roethlisberger against the Detroit Lions, and proceed as if he will likely be starting up the Sunday night matchup, but the coach said he would “leave a steady-weight on” for Roethlisberger.

“He is been injured and had personal discomfort within the previous over the direction of the 15 years that we comprise worked collectively,” Tomlin said. “He consistently solutions that bell, and so we’ll surely leave the light on for him.”

Roethlisberger, 39, changed into once infected by meetings all week and saved up with the recreation opinion thru digital meetings with quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and offensive coordinator Matt Canada. He also checked in with running attend Najee Harris and center Kendrick Inexperienced, who said Friday the quarterback suggested him he changed into once “feeling greater.”

“I’ve talked to him each and daily,” Canada said Thursday. “Talked about the opinion, talked about what we’re pondering. Clearly, he’s also met with Sully each and daily and gone thru the specifics of these things.

“He is making ready like he’ll be there and have the selection to toddle. Or no longer it’s practically exactly like remaining year. Or no longer it’s precise all Zoom meetings. We now comprise all got prepare at that. He is extremely worthy engaged, watching prepare and shimmering what’s occurring.”

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