Joe Haden has COVID, 8 others won’t travel to Cleveland

Roethlisberger, Watt, Pouncey among those staying in Pittsburgh
Roethlisberger shaking hands with Pouncey
Ben Roethlisberger Maurkice Pouncey Photo credit Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Starting corner Joe Haden has COVID-19 and eight others won’t even travel to Cleveland for the game on Sunday.

Haden had an interception returned for a touchdown against the Ravens this year. The 31-year-old former Cleveland first round pick also had an interception against the Broncos. He leads the Steelers in passes defended with 12 and is fourth on the team in solo tackles.

Tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh were also placed on Reserve/COVID-19 designation although its not clear if Ebron and Marsh tested positive or are on the list due to contact tracing.

Safety Terrell Edmunds and kicker Chris Boswell won’t play  or travel due to injury.  While Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward, TJ Watt and Maurkice Pouncey won’t play or travel due to a coaches’ decision.

While the team won’t say this, you have to believe the Steelers are keeping a number of its key players back because of the COVID positives within the Brown organization. Three of the last four days, the Browns had to close their facility due to the outbreak.

Steelers elevated offensive tackle Anthony Coyle, wide receiver Deon Cain, tight end Kevin Rader (Pine-Richland HS) and kicker Matthew Wright from the practice squad to the active roster.

Kickoff still scheduled for 1p on Sunday even with the Browns issues.