Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated during his Tuesday press conference that he won't have any reservations about starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday if the former Miami University standout misses the entire week of practice.
"I'm not overly concerned about it," Tomlin told reporters. "This guy has been doing his job for 17 years."
The story added Tomlin also said players on the list as contacts - including Roethlisberger - will play the Week 10 game AFC North battle in Pittsburgh as long as they test negative throughout the week.
Roethlisberger was deemed a high-risk, close contact, per source. This comes after TE Vance McDonald tested positive. Provided Big Ben passes COVID tests this week, he would be eligible to come off the list Saturday and play Sunday against the Bengals, according to Schefter. If Roethlisberger can't play, Rudolph would be expected to get the start with Dobbs the backup.
The team cut Hodges on Sunday as a result of the move. Rudolph and Dobbs will now back up Big Ben. The Steelers drafted Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 draft and he saw action in five 2018 games. He was traded to the Jags after Nick Foles hurt his shoulder last year.
Hodges will get the start with Paxton Lynch the backup in Week 17. It's a big game for Pittsburgh who is still alive for a playoff berth. They need to beat the Ravens, who are resting most of their players, and also need a Titans loss.