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But the undefeated Steelers are still anticipating that he’ll be available to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Roethlisberger, 38, went on the list Tuesday morning as a high-risk close contact after tight end Vance McDonald returned a positive test for the coronavirus a day earlier.
“We’ll prepare and continue to prepare as if Ben is playing,” offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said Thursday. “As of this point right now, he hasn’t missed a rep. He doesn’t practice on Wednesdays anyway. … there’s been various times in his career where he has not practiced all week and played in games and played successful in games. I don’t question that one bit.”
If he continues to test negative and not develop symptoms, Roethlisberger would be eligible to come off the COVID-19 list on Saturday and participate in the walk-through.
“Mason is taking reps,” Fichtner said. “Josh is taking reps.