The Steelers aren’t the only team who may have to deal with being without key players due to COVID-19 heading into Sunday Night Football. Pittsburgh’s opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, have placed outside linebacker Joey Bosa and defensive lineman Jerry Tillery on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
Unlike Minkah Fitzpatrick, who the Steelers already know has been ruled out for the game, there is still some slim hope Bosa and Tillery could play. Their status will depend on if they test positive or not and if they are vaccinated. It is unclear what triggered this move by the Chargers. It’s possible it could just be due to the players being in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
There’s still a slim chance Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could suit up Sunday night after he was forced to miss last week’s game against Detroit.
Bosa, a three-time Pro Bowler, has registered a team-high 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 28 tackles so far this season. Tillery has recorded 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
In order to be eligible to play, Bosa and Tillery must be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list by 4 p.m. ET Saturday.