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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

PITTSBURGH — Steeler’s security Minkah Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19, sources told ESPN’s Kimberley Martin on Monday.

Fitzpatrick is the second Steelers player in three days to land in the COVID-19 protocols, joining quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who tested positive on Saturday night and missed the Detroit Lions 16-16 on Sunday.

The positive tests cast doubt on Fitzpatrick’s standing for Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Roethlisberger, who has been vaccinated, can return for the game on Sunday. Under the NFL’s COVID-19 policy, a vaccinated player with a positive test can return if he has had two negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at least 24 hours apart and is asymptomatic for 48 hours.

Unvaccinated players must be quarantined for 10 days after testing positive and may return if they are asymptomatic, according to NFL protocol.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger was symptomatic on Saturday, prompting him to get tested.