The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing their preparation in hopes of playing their Week 12 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this Tuesday at 8 PM. While many questions surrounding the game are still swirling as positive tests for COVID-19 continue to roll in with the Ravens, the Steelers are getting back to business. This per broke prior of ESPN:
Steelers are practicing around 11:30 this morning. They’ll be working it like a Friday practice - meaning it’ll be a shorter one.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 29, 2020
Should the Steelers practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Sunday, it will be the first the team has gathered together since Wednesday. By giving the players the last three days off, the Steelers have done their best to get as much of a “mini bye week” as possible much like they tried to salvage at least part of a bye in Week 4 once they learned of the postponement of their game in Tennessee.
By looking at the Steelers plan to practice, it appears they had no new positive cases from Saturday’s testing. If they had, it would be highly unlikely the team would be meeting together at the facility if only just for the actual practice session. All team meetings are being done virtually at this point across the entire NFL.
The Steelers currently have five players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Offensive lineman Kevin Dotson was placed on the list on November 14 while Stephon Tuitt, Isaiah Buggs, and Jerald Hawkins were added to the list on Friday from Thursday’s round of testing. On Saturday, the Steelers added James Conner to the list as well as announcing coaches Danny Smith and Matt Canada will not be available to coach on Tuesday. Unless a player comes off the list, the Steelers will have four roster spots available to promote players from the practice squad for Tuesday.
It is expected the Steelers practice will be much like one on a Friday when they are preparing for a Sunday game. The Steelers have already released numerous injury reports, most of which were estimated, and gave game statuses on Saturday. Running back Jaylen Samuels is listed as OUT with a quad injury while cornerback Joe Haden was listed as QUESTIONABLE with his knee injury.
While the Steelers prepare to play the game on Tuesday, the fact they can reconvene as a team is a great indication any COVID-19 related issues they could have been facing have been contained.
Stay tuned to BTSC for continued coverage as the Steelers prepare to play their next game, which is currently scheduled against the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday at 8 PM at Heinz Field.