Big Ben activated, expected to start vs. Bengals

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Roethlisberger was removed from the list Saturday morning along with three others who were deemed to be “high risk” close contacts with tight end Vance McDonald, who went on the list Monday with a positive coronavirus test.

Roethlisberger’s body got a week of rest, but as he joked Saturday morning, his mind did not.

“My body enjoyed the week off,” he said. “My mind, from teaching pre-K, did not enjoy the week off. It was fun to be home with them, but I definitely miss the guys.”

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Roethlisberger was cautious at home, wearing masks in the house and sleeping in a separate room from his wife. He also wore a mask any time he was in the car with his family. While he got tested every day, his family got tested every other day.

“You’re always nervous,” Roethlisberger said of spreading the virus. “My wife, we slept in opposite rooms. Things like that. My wife said, I don’t care if we get it, but

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