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The Steelers placed tight end Vance McDonald on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, a day after the Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-19, at AT&T Stadium. McDonald traveled with the team and played 20 snaps against the Cowboys.
The director of communications for the Steelers, Burt Lauten, released a statement today that read the following: "The Steelers were informed this morning that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately was self-quarantined, and the organization continues to be in the NFL's Intensive Protocol. We have been in contact with the NFL and medical advisors to complete the necessary contact tracing. The player will be placed on the team's Reserve/COVID-19 List today. The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members remain our highest priority."
It’s the second consecutive week a positive test was announced for an NFL player the day after playing in a game. Ravens' cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced via Twitter that he tested positive last Monday, one day after the Ravens lost to the Steelers, 28-24, at home.
The Ravens had seven close contacts identified after Humphrey tested positive. Humphrey did not play in the Ravens, 24-10, win over the Colts on Sunday and is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Steelers currently have one other staff member with COVID-19. The staffer was apparently a coach, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network on Wednesday. The news of a staff member testing positive was released on Saturday.
McDonald is the first Steelers player to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list since training camp. James Washington, Jaylen Samuels and Justin Layne were placed on the list at that time.