This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
We begin to head into the early stages of a difficult season's stretch run in Week 10, and as is the case nationwide, COVID-19 is increasing its profile within the NFL. There are some confirmed absences related to the pandemic this week, along with a close call involving a prominent quarterback. Additionally, the running back position is currently hit especially hard by the conventional injury bug, although that's partly offset by the expected returns of several notable names. With plenty of relevant Fantasy names trending toward either sitting or starting – and several players already ruled out – let's dive into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger was taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday morning after receiving the designation Tuesday due to close contact with tight end Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger is thus set to start as usual versus the Bengals in Sunday's Week 10 divisional battle after having participated in virtual meetings throughout the week and then receiving some on-field work in Pittsburgh's extensive walk-through practice Saturday. Roethlisberger also banged up both knees in a Week 9 win over the Cowboys, but he does not carry an injury designation of any sort heading into Sunday's contest.
The Washington Football Team's Kyle Allen is out for the remainder of