The Steelers have placed tight end Vance McDonald on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday after McDonald tested positive for the virus. The Bengals have also placed Margus Hunt on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Today’s COVID-19 update. Steelers TE Vance McDonald goes on the list.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 9, 2020
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There has been no word on whether or not Hunt tested positive for COVID-19, so he might be on the list for being in close contact with either Fred Johnson or Trae Waynes, who both tested positive last week.
The Steelers learned on McDonald’s positive test on Monday morning. They played the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, a game in which McDonald started and played 25 total snaps.
Pittsburgh plans to host Cincinnati later this week and face the Bengals for the first time this season. The Bengals recently placed two of their own players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list late last week, but have not reported any other positives since then.
If McDonald is and remains asymptomatic after five days, he can still play against the Bengals if he passes two consecutive PCR tests in that five-day period, which would end on Saturday.
The Steelers will now enter COVID protocols and attempt to isolate the virus. As of now, next Sunday’s game remains scheduled for 4:25 at Heinz Field