Ben Roethlisberger set to start for Steelers vs Chargers | Launderer report
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Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger is set to play Sunday’s Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers after clearing COVID-19 protocols from the NFL.
Steelers director of communications Burt Lauten noted that the quarterback will fly to LA separately, but is on track to start the Sunday night football:
Burt lauten @SteelersPRBurt
#Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be activated on the team’s 53-player roster after passing the COVID-19 Protocols required by the NFL. It will fly separately this afternoon from the team’s charter plane to Los Angeles in hopes of starting Sunday night against the #Chargers.
The Steelers put the Pro Bowler six times on the reserve / COVID-19 roster ahead of their Week 10 clash with the Detroit Lions. Mason Rudolph replaced in the 16-16 draw.
During the offseason, Pittsburgh was between a rock and a hard place. Roethlisberger, who turned 39 in March, was starting to show his age towards the end of the 2020 season, but the team had no viable alternative at quarterback.
As a result, Big Ben returned and continued to fight a losing battle against Father Time. In eight games, he threw for 1,986 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Steelers find themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff race at 5-3-1.
Before Rudolph replaced Roethlisberger last week, the franchise had a taste of life with the 26-year-old as a starting quarterback in 2019. He threw for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 appearances.
Part of the dilemma Pittsburgh found itself in was that Rudolph had yet to prove himself as a worthy successor to Roethlisberger.
That trend has continued against the Lions, so the Steelers’ offense should be bolstered by Big Ben’s expected return in a key clash with the Chargers.