Ben Roethlisberger part of Steelers’ COVID-19 outbreak

Four more Pittsburgh Steelers players were moved to the COVID/Reserve list on Tuesday, bringing the team’s total to five and including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, running back Jaylen Samuels and linebacker Vince Williams are isolating for five days and are not permitted in the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility Roethlisberger and his teammates, including tight end Vance McDonald, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster
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McDonald was placed on the COVID/Reserve list on Monday. Roethlisberger was identified as a high-risk close contact.

Each player would need to pass COVID-19 tests — and produce back-to-back negative test results — before potentially becoming eligible to play Week 10.

All players are permitted to take part in virtual meetings.

Roethlisberger and the four players moved to reserve on Tuesday are eligible to be activated Saturday, when the Steelers are scheduled to hold their final team walkthrough before playing the Bengals the next day.

Big Ben’s knee ailing also

Roethlisberger is also dealing with knee soreness resulting from a play in the first half of the Steelers’ Week 9 win at Dallas. The team said on Monday Roethlisberger was expected to play this week.

The Steelers (8-0) are the NFL’s only unbeaten team this season, and they have beaten the Bengals 10 straight times.

Roethlisberger has feasted on Cincinnati defenses in his career, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 7,310 yards, his highest yardage total against any team. Pittsburgh is 23-7 in games he has played against the Bengals.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)