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After missing practice Friday due to illness, the Pittsburgh Steelers have placed rookie guard Kevin Dotson on the Reserve/COVID list.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not quite out of the woods yet, as it pertains to players testing positive for the coronavirus.
On the same day the team took Ben Roethlisberger, Jaylen Samuels, Vince Williams and Jerald Hawkins off the Reserve/COVID-19 List after being labeled as high risk contacts, the team has had to put rookie guard Kevin Dotson on the Reserve/COVID List.
We have placed OL Kevin Dotson on the Reserve/COVID-19 List and activated S Antoine Brooks Jr. to the 53-man roster as a COVID-19 replacement.https://t.co/pR6kY9pl7H
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 14, 2020
It is worth noting Dotson missed practice on Friday with an illness, and he was reportedly told to stay home out of precaution.
Dotson being put on the COVID/Reserve List likely means he tested positive for the coronavirus, but teammate, and fellow rookie, Anthony McFarland Jr. missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices with an illness but did not join Dotson on the reserve list Saturday.
The Steelers will now have to take part in the same contact tracing they did with Vance McDonald to see if there are any players who are deemed high risk contacts with Doston. The hope is there would be none, considering the measures taken this week with McDonald being the team’s first positive case since the team reported to training camp; however, if someone is considered a high risk contact they will find their way on the reserve list and miss the upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.
In other words, there could still be moves made between now and game time for the Steelers as they prepare for their first meeting with Joe Burrow and company at Heinz Field Sunday. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold.