Huge Ben underneath four on Steelers' COVID listing
The Pittsburgh Steelers put quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and three others on the reserve / COVID-19 list after being classified as high-risk close ties with Vance McDonald, who returned a positive test for the virus on Monday.
As high-risk contacts, Roethlisberger, OL Jerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen Samuels and LB Vince Williams must isolate for five days after their last contact with McDonald, and they cannot return to the UPMC Rooney Training Facility for at least those five days. You can take part in team meetings virtually.
All four will be tested throughout the week before they can potentially play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
While Roethlisberger is said to have been "diligent" with his behavior towards others regarding the pandemic, he was seen on the sidelines talking to McDonald without wearing a mask. The two are friends and have lockers close together. However, Roethlisberger has not tested positive.
Dr. Allen Sills of the NFL previously said that the deciding factor in the high risk designation often depends on whether the person has had close contact without wearing a mask.
McDonald was added to the COVID-19 list Monday night after testing positive and is required to isolate for at least 10 days.
Although McDonald missed training on Friday with a disease name, he traveled with the team on a plane to Dallas on Saturday.
The team remains in last week's intense COVID-19 log after Baltimore Ravens DB Marlon Humphrey tested positive after the Steelers-Ravens game.
The Steelers can check the Ravens timeline with Humphrey's positive test on Nov. 2nd to get an idea of what this week might be like.
Humphrey was put on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Monday to begin his 10-day quarantine. The next day, the Ravens put seven players identified as Humphrey's high-risk contacts on the list. Matthew Judon was struck off the list on Thursday while the other six were activated on Saturday. Six of the players played in Sunday's win against the Indianapolis Colts. Now only Humphrey remains on the list.
Throughout the season, Roethlisberger has been an advocate of precautionary measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
"We have to be careful, be careful and protect each other," said Roethlisberger in October. "Fans are allowed to enter the stadium, which means that we can have guests in the city and things like that. In the Roethlisberger family, we don't change anything. No guests come to the city. But there are a few challenges that were presented and such Hopefully the boys can continue to be as careful and careful as we have been up to now. "