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The Steelers had been on of a handful of teams without a positive coronavirus test on their roster, but that has all changed now.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had been one of the lucky teams who had not dealt with a positive coronavirus case among their roster throughout the first half of their regular season. Sure, their season has been altered by COVID-19, after the Tennessee Titans outbreak and Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens testing positive, but no players on their roster had tested positive since the team reported to training camp.
That all changed on Monday afternoon when Burt Lauten, spokesman of the Steelers, released a statement saying a player has tested positive for COVID-19.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2020
Lauten’s full statement:
“The Steelers were informed this morning that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately was self-quarantined, and the organization continues to be in the NFL’s intensive protocol. We have been in contact with the NFL and medical advisors to complete the necessary contact tracing. The player will be placed on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 List today.
The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff remain our highest priority.”
The player was not named initially, but when the transaction report is released it will be known who is the positive test on the team.
It is easy to wonder if it is a high profile starter for the team, or a practice squad player, but no one should draw any conclusions at this point. One thing is for sure, there have been plenty of positive tests so far throughout the NFL which haven’t derailed a season and/or turned into a full outbreak.
Did this stem from the Steelers staff member who tested positive recently? It is hard to tell, but at this time the next few days will be key. Look for the Steelers to monitor other tests, alter their schedule and prepare virtually as much as possible.
UPDATE: Tight end Vance McDonald has been placed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 List. This per ESPN’s Field Yates:
The Steelers have placed TE Vance McDonald on Reserve/COVID-19 list.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 9, 2020
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they work their way through this crisis while still preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals to visit Heinz Field in Week 10.
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