Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Field Level Media
Field Level Media
Field Level Media
November 16, 2021 Updated: November 16, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported Monday.

Fitzpatrick, 33, joins quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Roethlisberger tested positive Saturday and missed the Steelers’ 16–16 tie against the Detroit Lions the following day.

Fitzpatrick’s status for the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers is in jeopardy, especially if he’s unvaccinated. If that is the case, he’ll have to be out for at least 10 days. If vaccinated, he needs to be asymptomatic and return two negative tests 24 hours apart to be able to play.

Roethlisberger, who is vaccinated, would get cleared to return for Week 11 under the same scenario. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger was symptomatic last Saturday, prompting the test.

Fitzpatrick has started all nine games this season for Pittsburgh, racking up 64 tackles, one forced fumble, and a pass defensed.

Fitzpatrick has 11 interceptions in 57 career games (52 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2018–19) and Steelers. He has earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors the past two seasons.

By Field Level Media