PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More members of the Steelers organization have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a recent report.
More positives in Pittsburgh: One coach and one player tested positive with multiple contacts in Pittsburgh, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports sources have told him that a coach and one player from the team have tested positive for the virus.
According to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, the player who tested positive is James Conner. She says sources tell her that he is waiting for a second test to confirm if he has the virus and that contact tracing efforts are underway.
James Conner is the #Steelers player who tested positive for #COVID, multiple sources tell me. He is awaiting a second test tomorrow to confirm these results. Contact tracing continues. And as w/ every positive case in the #NFL and country… here’s to recoveries and good health.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 28, 2020
On Twitter, Conner said, “be right back my bro” after teammate Joe Haden wished him well.
Yesssir 🙏🏽 be right back my bro.. https://t.co/I2ticQxgJs
— James Conner (@JamesConner_) November 29, 2020
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that special teams coach Danny Smith tested positive for the virus, according to what sources have told him.
Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, per sources
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 28, 2020
On Saturday, the Steelers placed Conner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The Steelers also said Smith and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada will not coach during Tuesday’s rescheduled game against the Baltimore Ravens due to “illness.”
NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Canada has tested positive for coronavirus, but Ben Roethlisberger was not deemed a close contact who needs to isolate.
#Steelers QB coach Matt Canada has indeed tested #COVID positive, but I’m told by multiple sources that QB Ben Roethlisberger was not deemed a close contact who needs to self isolate. Roethlisberger already went thru this once after sitting on the plane next to a Covid+ teammate.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 29, 2020
This comes as the Steelers added three players to the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. The team announced that defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs and offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins were placed on the list.
The Ravens added six more players to the list on Saturday. The Ravens have now placed 18 players on the list this week, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, who reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 28, 2020
The NFL says the list was created for a player who either tests positive for coronavirus or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.
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