Report: James Conner tests positive for COVID-19

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This week’s Ravens-Steelers game has been postponed twice in an effort to give the Ravens time to get a COVID-19 outbreak under control. But now it’s the Steelers who have a COVID-19 outbreak.

Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

One member of the Steelers’ coaching staff has also reportedly tested positive today. Yesterday three Steelers players were placed on COVID-19 reserve, and there are concerns in Pittsburgh that they’re facing an outbreak.

At the moment, Ravens-Steelers is still on the schedule for Tuesday night. Whether both teams will be healthy enough to play is in question.

40 responses to “Report: James Conner tests positive for COVID-19

  1. I guess both teams will be playing without their best running backs ( Lamar Jackson and James Connor )!!

  2. It looks like it’s time to take away the Steelers’ draft picks and make them forfeit a game. Right?

  3. Apparently, Covid has landed in Pittsburgh. The Steelers deserve the same amount of accommodating as the Ravens received. Maybe play the game in April?

  4. You’re right that both teams will be without their best running backs, as Dobbins is going to miss the game. Keep hating on Lamar for no reason, though.

    Hope Conner and the rest of the Steelers affected by this recover quickly. This season is about to unravel if they dont get this under control league wide somehow. Way too many positives around the league which means outbreaks, like the Ravens, will happen. This is why you must follow protocol, which the Ravens didn’t, because one person not doing it can torpedo the team. This is also why mask wearing is so essential.

    Don’t understand the pushback on science, but it is embarrassing.

  5. meshodges says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    It looks like it’s time to take away the Steelers’ draft picks and make them forfeit a game. Right?

    No. They did not a coach that violated rules.

  6. Leaving football aside, I hope that whoever contracts this virus recovers and live a healthy life. The effects of the long term effects still relatively unknown.

  7. What was all that talk about penalizing teams that couldn’t take care of their COVID business?

  8. It’s not that people are refusing to protect themselves. It’s just that nobody is telling them about the long term issues. I’m not talking about feeling dizzy 2 months after recovering. I’m talking about all kinds of permanent heart, lung, and brain damage that will lead to huge problems and shortened lives ten or more years down the road. Not everyone cares about protecting their neighbors or the vulnerable members of society, but most care about themselves and their kids. I’m old enough to remember the battles between doctors and politicians to educate the public about the dangers from smoking, and we all remember the fights to protect players from head injuries. We thought a player just got his bell rung. Well, a lot of those bells are still ringing, and many ex-players have already died from it. Not to mention many are still living, but they’re suffering from all sorts of brain issues. This is much the same type of deal. we just haven’t been told about it.

  9. They should be doing a bubble. This continued negligence is just asking for unnecessary repercussions. But if the government is any indication – players are pretty well screwed.

  10. charliecharger says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    It’s not that people are refusing to protect themselves. It’s just that nobody is telling them about the long term issues. I’m not talking about feeling dizzy 2 months after recovering. I’m talking about all kinds of permanent heart, lung, and brain damage that will lead to huge problems and shortened lives ten or more years down the road.
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    At this point, like with smoking, it is not a matter of people not knowing, it’s a matter of not caring. If the players are thinking about things at all, they are probably lumping the long term effects of COVID in with the long term effects of playing football, effects that they’ve already chosen to accept to play the game.

  11. A main issue is the double standard by the NFL. When Roethlisberger was not able to practice a couple weeks ago due to possible close contact, the Steelers still played their game that weekend. When McDonald was positive for Covid and put on the Covid-IR list, the Steelers still played their game that weekend. So when Ravens can’t practice or is positive, their game is postponed. Twice. And I am not making light of Covid at all; it is dead serious to the tune of 270000+ having lost their lives. My point is just about the double standard.

    And wear your mask.

  12. charliecharger says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    It’s not that people are refusing to protect themselves. It’s just that nobody is telling them about the long term issues

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    I’m not saying I disagree with you, but what are the long term health risks? How do we know what they are? How do we know what will happen to your lungs in 10 years, if the virus has only been around a year? My point is, it hasn’t existed long enough for anyone to experience the impacts a decade later. It really isn’t that hard to wear a mask. Yes it sucks. But it’s not a big deal. People will always be selfish and do their own thing because they know better than you do. It doesn’t help that the CDC has admittedly lied to us (they told us masks won’t help because they wanted to have time to collect them all for the health care workers). It also doesn’t help that the CDC changes their guidelines (in many cases completely contradicting previous guidelines) every 2 weeks. It’s exhausting to keep track of what is and isn’t safe. That’s the problem. Inconsistency.

  13. Let’s see how many people call for the Steelers to get docked picks or given an L or anything else this place was rampantly calling for with the Ravens… let’s see what Steelers players have to say on Twitter…

    …nothing? None of that? Didn’t think so. Whining was at a fever pitch all week from this bunch. Now shut up.

  14. Very disappointing for all involved, and I hope there are no serious lasting effects. In the Ravens’ case they have a coach that apparently thinks the rules don’t apply to them, and we don’t know yet in the Steelers’ case. But, the long and short is, everyone should be taking this seriously. Just in regard to the NFL, both teams are in a good position to make the playoffs. Obviously, the Steelers, being undefeated, are better off in that regard, but how hard is it to follow protocol. I just don’t get it. Conner, given his medical history, should have been wearing two masks. IMO, anyways.

  15. Anyone can get this virus while being extra cautious, however, if it is proven a catalyst started it by not being cautious (Ravens S&C coach) & following protocol, they need to be held heavily accountable. Def concerned about the spread to Steeler teammates &/or close contact tracing (players sharing a locker next to Conner, like Big Ben). Hoping this doesn’t become a major avalanche for the Steelers (whom were ready to play Thurs night but didn’t need to take the field against a CV19 infested mob of spitting & sweating rat birds). A week 18 will create unforeseen scenarios no one will like (except the playoff teams who might get an extra bye week while those having to play a week 18 make up game won’t).

  16. It’s one thing picking it up in the community, it’s entirely different having a strength coach & presumably head coach openly flaunting the rules within the team facilities.

  17. This only proves how contagious this virus is. Here you have the entire league testing players and staff daily and yet the virus still wins. It’s time for some serious consideration to taking a few weeks pause at this time. Waiting is only going to have more players and staff infected, thanks goodness no one has died up to this point.

  18. Bye Bye Bye week for the Steelers. If this game gets pushed to a week 18, then there will be an 16 team playoff.

  19. Ravens should have forfeited the Thanksgiving game. If the Steelers cant field a team against Washington then that should be a forfeit too. Ravens against cowboys …same deal. Can’t play, another forfeit. The season goes on…

  20. Everyone is telling me I should be more afraid than ever. I hope people start telling me things are going to be alright.

  21. charliecharger says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    It’s not that people are refusing to protect themselves. It’s just that nobody is telling them about the long term issues

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    I’m not saying I disagree with you, but what are the long term health risks? How do we know what they are? How do we know what will happen to your lungs in 10 years, if the virus has only been around a year? My point is, it hasn’t existed long enough for anyone to experience the impacts a decade later. It really isn’t that hard to wear a mask. Yes it sucks. But it’s not a big deal. People will always be selfish and do their own thing because they know better than you do. It doesn’t help that the CDC has admittedly lied to us (they told us masks won’t help because they wanted to have time to collect them all for the health care workers). It also doesn’t help that the CDC changes their guidelines (in many cases completely contradicting previous guidelines) every 2 weeks. It’s exhausting to keep track of what is and isn’t safe. That’s the problem. Inconsistency.

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    That same argument can and will be made for taking the vaccine since every other vaccine has gone through ten yrs o testing before making it available to the public. No way to know what happens in 5 yrs, if their going on 8 moths of testing.

  22. The Steelers did all that commenting on social media about the Ravens and now it looks like they may be in the same shape. I guess they should just keep their mouths shut when it comes to the virus because no one is immune.

  23. Well, Surprise, Surprise!!!! The best run organization in the NFL, (according to all their fans who were blasting Baltimore) has evidently fallen off the pedestal. This thing is not messing around!!!!! Just because your team is healthy today, does not mean they won’t be tomorrow!!! Praying all these players, staff members, coaches, get well with no further complications!!!

  24. The entire league should just shut down this weekend, and push everything back a week.
    They should’ve built league-wide bye weeks into the season at the 1/3 and 2/3 marks, it would have alleviated all this patchwork rescheduling.

  25. That’s worrying news for Connor in particular. I hope he makes a quick recovery with no serious long-term effects…

  26. Southpaw says:
    November 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Let’s see how many people call for the Steelers to get docked picks or given an L or anything else this place was rampantly calling for with the Ravens… ”

    If it is proven that the Steelers level of incompetence falls to that of the Ravens then, yes, they should be punished accordingly. If it is that a player/staff member went out, got C19, and the team had followed every protocol thereafter then, no, they should not be punished. McDonald got it, and then a few others where put on the list as a precaution. This could be the same thing happening with the other 3 guys on the list. So far, they have not announced them as being positive. Just have to wait and see.

  27. jameshodges says:
    November 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    It looks like it’s time to take away the Steelers’ draft picks and make them forfeit a game. Right?

    Nope. The Steelers were ready to line up on Thursday. Had they played the game, the Steelers would have had 9 days to get healthy again. This is just further punishing the Steelers by removing some of their best players due to the Ravens whining.

  28. slyder1969 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm
    Everyone is telling me I should be more afraid than ever. I hope people start telling me things are going to be alright.

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    Things are going to be alright. Be safe and hang in there

  29. Covid-19 is new, Coronavirus is not. The reason a vaccine can be implemented so quickly is because much of the research has been completed for years already.

  30. Hold up a second!!!!!! Max Starks was on ESPN this morning extolling the virtues of the Pittsburgh Steelers and how they have done everything correctly and that their organization was being unfairly punished by others that didn’t do so. What do say now PUTZ? Pandemics don’t care what your organization is or isn’t doing in the way of prevention, it only cares whether you can repel the virus and that wont happen until there is a vaccine. Good prevention only decreases the odds of you contracting the virus. One day Max will stop using his a$$ for a hat.

  31. kenmasters34 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm
    Bye Bye Bye week for the Steelers. If this game gets pushed to a week 18, then there will be an 16 team playoff.
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    Steelers already had their bye week when their week 4 game against the Titans was moved.

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