The Pittsburgh Steelers got cornerback Joe Haden back from the COVID-19 reserve list, the team announced on Saturday, but lost another player in the process.
Haden was placed on the list on Wednesday and missed the entire week of practice leading up to the Steelers’ Week 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens, but it seems likely that the 32-year-old veteran leader of the Pittsburgh secondary will be able to suit up against the Ravens.
If Haden missed the game, it looked like he may have played his final game with the Steelers. Haden is a pending free agent at the end of the 2021 season. He also missed the final game of the 2020 season, when the Steelers dropped their Wild Card playoff game to the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.
The Steelers are 19-5-1 with Haden in the starting lineup, dating back to the start of the 2020 season. Without him, they are 1-7.
If Haden is unable to suit up, Ahkello Witherspoon will move into the starting lineup. James Pierre would then move into Witherspoon’s Nickel and Dime role.