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Steelers cornerback Justin Layne placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List

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Layne is the second player on the Steelers to land on the new list for the 2020 season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed second year cornerback Justin Layne on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. By being placed on the list, Layne has either had a positive test or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Drafted as the Steelers second third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Justin Layne was active for the Steelers in 10 games during the 2020 season. Playing for the Michigan State Spartans, Layne amassed 130 tackles and three interceptions in his three years in East Lansing.

Layne did not see a single snap on defense in his rookie year but became an important special-teams player late in the season. After Artie Burns missed time due to a knee injury, Layne continued to earn the game-day helmet over Burns due to his special teams ability. In all, Layne had three special teams tackles in 2019.

Being placed on the list will keep Layne out of action until he can have consecutive negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart. The Steelers have yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Layne is the second Steelers player to land on the Reserve/COVID-19 List as Arrion Springs was announced to be on the list on Monday.

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