PITTSBURGH — Cornerback Joe Haden analyzed optimistic for COVID-19, a resource advised ESPN’s Dan Graziano, generating a major gap in the Steelers’ secondary with the playoffs just a 7 days absent.
Even if asymptomatic, gamers who test constructive must be isolated for at minimum 10 times, building it very likely Haden will miss out on the initial round of the playoffs, alongside with Sunday’s Week 17 match in opposition to the Cleveland Browns — a group dealing with its have COVID-19 problem this week.
A source instructed Graziano that two Steelers gamers ended up considered significant-possibility near contacts with Haden. The Steelers placed Haden, limited finish Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
Significant-chance shut contacts should isolate for at the very least 5 times. If the players proceed to check detrimental for COVID-19, they could be readily available for the initial spherical of the playoffs.
On Instagram in the latest days, Ebron experienced posted movies of his and Marsh’s family members spending time at the Hadens’ residence.
Haden hinted at the circumstance with a imprecise tweet Saturday morning.
I’m so pissed and sad at the very same time….. keep safe out below
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 2, 2021
Haden, a former member of the Browns who has two interceptions this season, missed a game previously this yr with a concussion.
With Haden out, expect adaptable defensive backs Cam Sutton and Mike Hilton to have amplified roles. Sutton has been the primary replacement for Haden and fellow beginning cornerback Steve Nelson when either has missed time.
The Steelers declared that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, middle Maurkice Pouncey, defensive deal with Cam Heyward, linebacker T.J. Watt, basic safety Terrell Edmunds and place-kicker Chris Boswell would not vacation for Sunday’s sport.