Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback status Ben Rothlesberger And three others are on the reserve / COVID-19 list after they were considered high-risk close contacts with Tight End Vance MacDonald, who retested positive for the virus on Monday.
As high-risk contacts, Roethlisberger, OL Gerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen SamuelsAnd LB Vince Williams They must be isolated for five days after their last contact with McDonald, and cannot return to UPMC Rooney’s training facility for at least those five days. They are allowed to participate in almost all team meetings.
All four will be tested throughout the week before they are eligible to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dr Allen Sales of the NFL previously said that the deciding factor for a high-risk hiring is often determined by whether a person has been in close contact while not wearing a mask.
MacDonald was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday night after testing positive and must be quarantined for at least 10 days.
Despite not practicing on Friday with classification of the disease, MacDonald flew with the team on a plane to Dallas on Saturday.
The team remains in the extensive COVID-19 protocol dating back to last week after the Baltimore Ravens DP Marlon Humphrey tested positive after the Steelers-Ravens.
The Steelers can look at Ravens’ timeline with Humphrey’s positive test last Monday to get an idea of how this week could go on.
Humphrey was placed on the Reserve / COVID-19 list on Monday to begin a 10-day quarantine. The next day, Ravens placed seven players identified as “high risk” connections with Humphrey on their Reserve / COVID-19 list. Matthew Godon It was removed from the list Thursday, while the other six were activated on Saturday. Six of the players played in Sunday’s win against the Indianapolis Colts. Now, only Humphrey remains on the Reserve-COVID-19 list.
Throughout the season, Roethlisberger has been an outspoken advocate of taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We need to be vigilant, vigilant, and protect each other,” Rothlisberger said in October. “Fans are allowed into the stadium, which means we are allowed to have guests in town and things like that. In the Roethlisberger family, we don’t change anything. No guests are coming in town. But there are some challenges presented so we hope the guys keep taking it.” Caution and caution as we were up to this point. “