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Steelers will be without CB Joe Haden on Sunday after COVID-19 test

A sign of COVID-19 creeps into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room now.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Saturday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden tweeted the following, drawing questions from fans as to whether or not it was COVID-related:

About an hour later, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN tweeted that Haden “has been flagged for a COVID-19 situation,” and the Steelers are planning to play without him for Sunday’s game against the Browns.

COVID-19 situations are creeping up around the NFL at a rampant pace as we wind down the season. Cleveland had their top cornerback, CB Denzel Ward, removed from this week’s game due to a positive test. Haden’s test is in question right now, but with Pittsburgh resting players at this point anyway, even if Haden tests negative, you’d have to imagine they’ll keep him out as a precaution.

Cleveland likely needs a win against Pittsburgh to clinch a playoff spot.

UPDATE: Haden has tested positive for COVID-19. He is out on Sunday, and will miss the Steelers’ first playoff game too.