McDonald reported cold-like symptoms during the week, but had didn’t have a positive test until the day after the game. That sets the team up for trouble when they do contract tracing for this case, per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. Pryor compares this case to Marlon Humphrey’s, as he also reported symptoms, but didn’t have a positive test until after their Week 8 game. But unlike in that case, the Ravens played at home and Humphrey didn’t travel with the team in close quarters, whereas McDonald did.
The Steelers will likely have additional players that will need to go on the Covid-19 list due to their proximity to McDonald, so this story isn’t over quite yet. The Steelers are scheduled to play at home against the Bengals this Sunday.