The Steelers have officially activated wide receiver James Washington from the COVID-19 reserve list, the team announced Friday morning.
Washington was placed on the list last week. While it is unclear if Washington actually tested positive for the virus or simply came in contact with someone who was positive, there is no set timetable a player must stay on the list before being activated.
The reserve/COVID-19 designation was created for players who have either tested positive for the virus, or have been in close contact with an infected individual. Players can be removed from the list once they have been medically cleared. There is no limit to the amount of players a club can place on the list.
In addition to the NFL creating COVID-19 reserve list, 66 players across the league have opted out of the 2020 season thus far, the majority of them offensive linemen. When speaking with the media Thursday morning, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said none of his players would be choosing to sit this year out.