Ben Roethlisberger was activated off of the COVID-19 list on Saturday morning.
Steelers activated QB Ben Roethlisberger off the COVID-19 list, putting him on track to start Sunday vs. Bengals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2020
OL Jerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen Samuels and LB Vince Williams were also activated off of the list in time for Sunday’s game.
Roethlisberger was placed on the list on Tuesday, but has cleared protocol and will be able to play.
This season, Roethlisberger has passed for nearly 2,000 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Part of the reason the Steelers turned around this season is because he is back and healthy, and they don’t have to rely on the likes of Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges.
If Roethlisberger had remained unable to play Rudolph would have been the starter.
In 30 games against the Bengals, Roethlisberger is 23-7 with 244 yards per game, 40 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. His 23 wins against the Bengals are the second-most he has against one team in his career, behind only the Browns.
Rudolph has only started against the Bengals twice. He won both games, with 157 yards per game with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bengals certainly would have had a much better time against Rudolph.
We will get to see Joe Burrow square off against Roethlisberger for the first time. Depending on how many years Roethlisberger has left, this may be the most interesting quarterback rivalry in the NFL for the next few years.