Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence

Fans sit in the stands before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Fans sit in the stands before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Vince Williams were available for the Steelers after spending most of the week in self-quarantine because of COVID-19 protocols after tight end Vance McDonald tested positive. Running back Jaylen Samuels and reserve offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, who were also forced into self-quarantine, were also given the OK to play.

Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cornerback Mike Hilton, however, was out for a fourth consecutive game because of a right shoulder injury.

Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row.

The Bengals are also without four assistant coaches because of COVID-19 protocols. Linebackers coach Al Golden, secondary coach Steve Jackson, defensive assistant Mark Duffner and wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell are all out.

Arizona starting running back Kenyan Drake is back for the Cardinals against the Buffalo Bills after missing last week's game with an ankle injury and being listed as questionable. The Cardinals are also missing defensive lineman Jordan Phillips because of a hamstring injury.

Buffalo center Mitch Morse returns after missing a game with a concussion. Four Buffalo players have been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and won’t play, including cornerback Josh Norman.

The Seattle Seahawks face the Los Angeles Rams without their two starting cornerbacks, their two top running backs and their starting center.