The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to close their practice facility Monday due to tight end Eric Ebron testing positive for COVID-19, according to the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.
Ebron had missed the Steelers’ Week 17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on the Reserve/COVID-19 following a close contact with Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, but was activated Jan. 7 and played in the team’s playoff defeat Sunday night.
According to Dulac, Ebron tested positive for the virus the following morning, forcing the club to shutter their facility and begin contact tracing on a day players and coaches would normally be cleaning out their lockers.
Ebron had seven receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in the opening round playoff loss to Cleveland.
Signed to a two-year, $12 million contract last offseason, Ebron became a favorite target of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2020, catching 56 passes for 558 yards and five touchdowns.