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Steelers TE Vance McDonald tests positive for Covid-19

The Steelers placed Vance McDonald on the Covid-19 list and we could see more added this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald stiff arms Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) after a catch during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. McDonald’s positive test comes a day after the Steelers played in Dallas.

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.