(Pittsburgh) The still undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Roethlisberger is one of four Steelers members who spent the week in isolation under NFL health protocols. Roethlisberger, linebacker Vince Williams, running back Jaylen Samuels, as well as offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins had to be a virtual part of the team’s activities this week due to their contact with the tight end Vance McDonald, who tested positive for COVID-19.
McDonald’s is guaranteed to miss Sunday’s date, but Roethlisberger and the others may be in training if they continue to test negative.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Friday he expected Roethlisberger to get the green light to take part in light, but comprehensive training on Saturday.
Tomlin also believes Williams can be used as a starter even if he hasn’t trained for the week. Recently acquired Avery Williamson replaced him this week.
The Steelers could also find the services of tackle Tyson Alualu, who took part in Friday training after missing two games. The Steelers’ ground defense suffered greatly from his absence.
Cornerback Mike Hilton, however, continues to struggle with a shoulder and could miss a fourth game.