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Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s COVID update brings huge boost vs. Bengals

Steelers Minkah Fitzpatrick

The Steelers are getting reinforcements on defense ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals. The team activated Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Reserve/COVID list.

This is great news for the Steelers, who are set to take on the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Steelers need a strong defense if they want to stop Joe Burrow’s pass oriented offense. Burrow has thrown for 2,645 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

The safety has been a great addition to the Steelers defense since joining the team in 2019. Fitzpatrick has 64 tackles on the season so far. He leads the team in solo tackles on the season with 44.

Fitzpatrick reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on November 15, just after their tie to the winless Detroit Lions. The positive test forced him to miss the team’s Week 11 matchup in Los Angeles.

The Steelers have had their fair share of Reserve/COVID listed players through the first 12 weeks of the season. One of the biggest names being Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben missed Week 10 against the Lions after testing positive for the virus. He returned last week for their 41-37 loss to the Chargers.

Roethlisberger is on the injury report once again, but it’s not COVID related. He is listed with a pectoral/right shoulder injury, but he did practice on Wednesday. Fitzpatrick, who did not practice all week while on the COVID list, will return to the field just in time to prepare for Sunday afternoon.