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The Steelers have activated star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Fitzpatrick, who is vaccinated, missed last Sunday's game but was eligible to be activated after he became asymptomatic and returned two negative tests. He'll aid the Steelers' secondary against the Bengals this week. Fitzpatrick has totaled 64 tackles and one forced fumble through nine contests.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that the team doesn't expect safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to play Week 11.
Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID this week, and it's unlikely he's able to be cleared to return in time for the team's Week 11 matchup against the Chargers. It will certainly hurt the Steelers' team defense as they face off against Justin Herbert and Los Angeles.
The Steelers placed safety Minkah Fitzpatrick on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
If Fitzpatrick is vaccinated then he'll just needs to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart. T.J. Watt is also questionable for Week 11 against the Chargers due to injury, so Pittsburgh could be without two of their best defensive players for that one.
The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
This move was a no brainer for the Steelers front office. Minkah is currently one of the best safeties in the NFL and getting one last cheap year on his contract before they have to pay up was the obvious choice.
Minkah Fitzpatrick registered two solo tackles, one assisted tackle, and one pass defended in a 20-13 victory over the division-rival Browns.
Fitzpatrick is an excellent safety for one of the better defenses in the league but is currently experiencing a drought in fantasy production. Though he's already outperformed his rookie season totals, he hasn't been creating takeaways at the absurd rate he established earlier in the season. He may struggle next week when the Steelers face a Cardinals team that has only nine turnovers on the year.