Steelers place two defensive starters on reserve / COVID-19 roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense took a hit on Friday as two starters were placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. The Steelers have announced that linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive tackle Chris Wormley are both placed on the Covid roster with Daniel Archibong on the training / COVID-19 roster.

Acquired by the Steelers via trade in the 2021 preseason, Joe Schobert started all 15 games of the season for the Steelers. While in Pittsburgh, Schobert had 108 tackles, one forced fumble, six defensive passes and one interception. With Schobert landing on the roster on Friday, he joins fellow rookie Devin Bush on the roster and raises many question marks to the inside linebacker position for Monday night’s game against the Browns.

Chris Wormley is in his second season with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being acquired through a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2020 offseason. Starting all games except Week 1 until he misses the week 16 due to a groin injury, Wormley has a career-high 6.0 sacks in one season. Wormley also has 44 tackles, nine quarterback hits, one forced fumble and two defended assists this season.

With the new NFL Covid protocols that went into effect this week, it is possible for both players to join the squad in time for Monday night’s game. While possible, it will be a very precise process that needs to go perfectly for either player to return.

Schobert and Wormley are the second and third on the 53-player roster to be on the reserve / COVID-19 roster this week as Arthur Maulet was added to the roster on Thursday. In total, there are currently seven players on the roster like Zach Banner, Isaiah Buggs, Devin Bush and Anthony McFarland Jr. all missed the Steelers Week 16 game while they were on the Covid roster but could revert to anything. moment.

Defensive tackle Daniel Archibong is now the fifth player currently on the training / COVID-19 roster, joining safety Karl Joseph and wide receivers Anthony Miller, Steven Simms and Tyler Vaughns.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns this Monday night at Heinz Field.