As the Pittsburgh Steelers continue in the hopes of playing their Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday night, they have added yet another player to the Reserve/COVID-19 List. This time, running back James Conner has been placed on the list as it was reported early on Saturday he received a positive test.
We have placed RB James Conner on the Reserve/COVID-19 List.https://t.co/MqtGyaM1Zb— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 28, 2020
The news broke Saturday morning where the Steelers had one player and one coach tested positive as part of the NFL‘s daily COVID-19 testing. The results, reported on Saturday, were from Friday’s tests. With Conner going on to the list, it is confirmed he was the player of which the report surfaced. As for the coach, it has been widely reported that it is special-teams coordinator Danny Smith.
One Friday, the Steelers placed three players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List although there were no reports of any players testing positive. So for Stephon Tuitt, Isaiah Buggs, and Jerald Hawkins, it is unclear if they are dealing with a positive test or were deemed a close contact to someone at some point this past week.
In a report on Saturday afternoon, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor says Conner has been asymptomatic to date and is in good health.
RB James Conner, a cancer survivor, tested positive, per @AdamSchefter, as @AKinkhabwala reported. He’s in good health and feels fine.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 28, 2020
He has to isolate for at least 10 days, per league protocol, making him out against both Ravens and WFThttps://t.co/kGShUv3gsp
With James Conner being a high risk candidate when it comes to COVID-19 as he is a cancer survivor, the most important thing is not his time playing football on the field but his overall health both currently and into the future.
One other positive note for the Steelers is there were no additional close contacts I added to the list at this time.
Stay tuned to BTSC for continued coverage as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens continue to prepare in hopes of a Tuesday night matchup in Week 12.