Source: Steelers' Haden tests positive for COVID

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PITTSBURGH — Cornerback Joe Haden tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano, creating a significant hole in the Steelers‘ secondary with the playoffs just a week away.

Even if asymptomatic, players who test positive must be isolated for at least 10 days, making it likely Haden will miss the first round of the playoffs, along with Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns — a team dealing with its own COVID-19 situation this week.

A source told Graziano that two Steelers players were deemed high-risk close contacts with Haden. The Steelers placed Haden, tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

High-risk close contacts must isolate for at least five days. If the players continue to test negative for COVID-19, they could be available for the first round of the playoffs.

On Instagram in recent days, Ebron had posted videos of his and Marsh’s families spending time at the Hadens’ house.

Haden hinted at the situation with a vague tweet Saturday morning.

I’m so pissed and sad at the same time….. stay safe out here

— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 2, 2021

Haden, a former member

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