PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice on Tuesday as the team made its way to Heinz Field for its first in-stadium practice session of training camp in 2021.
Roethlisberger was given the day off for personal reasons, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin did not elaborate on the nature of the absence, but did not indicate that he expected it to continue beyond Tuesday.
Roethlisberger’s absence left fourth-year backup Mason Rudolph as the team’s first quarterback through individual drills, with Dwayne Haskins and Joshua Dobbs also in the mix.
The Steelers have had strong attendance through five camp sessions, with offensive linemen Zach Banner (ACL recovery), Kevin Dotson (undisclosed), J.C. Hassenauer (knee) and Chukwuma Okorafor (undisclosed) being the primary absences.
Tomlin said that that Banner and Okorafor could return to team drills before the Hall of Fame Game next week.
Stephon Tuitt is still working his way back into the mix on defense.