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Steelers Promote WR Amara Darboh from Practice Squad, Waive WR Tevin Jones

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The Steelers waived wide receiver Tevin Jones and promoted wide receiver Amara Darboh from their practice squad, the team announced Monday.

Jones, 26, had been with the Steelers in some capacity since the start of the 2018 season. He had appeared in five games since being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in November, making four catch for 61 yards.

Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Jones dropped his only target, but also recovered a downfield fumble by rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson on a Steelers scoring drive in the third quarter.


Darboh was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad on Nov. 18 after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver was a third-round draft pick out of Michigan by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017, but spent 2018 on injured reserve and was waived before the start of his second professional season in 2019.

Darboh has played in 16 career games and has eight catches for 71 yards, all as a rookie with Seattle.

The Steelers hope to have starting wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster active for their Week 16 trip to play the New York Jets. James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Deon Cain and Johnny Holton joined Jones as active receivers in Week 15.

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Report: Steelers QB Coach Matt Canada Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Steelers quarterbacks coach Matt Canada has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

The Steelers announced earlier on Saturday that Canada, along with special teams coordinator Danny Smith, will not coach in the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday due to illnesses.

Kinkhabwala reported that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not considered a close contact of Canada’s and will not have to isolate for five days, as he did when tight end Vance McDonald tested positive earlier this season.

Smith has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers announced that assistant wide receivers coach Blaine Stewart will replace Smith. They did not announce a replacement for Canada.

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Matt Canada, Danny Smith Will Not Coach for Steelers vs. Ravens

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Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada will not participate in the team’s game Tuesday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced on Saturday.

The Steelers said both coaches will not participate due to illness. Smith has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by the Post-Gazette.

Smith will be replaced by assistant wide receivers coach Blaine Stewart, the team announced. The club did not announced a direct replacement for Canada.

The team has not had any coaches miss any games this season due to COVID-19 issues.

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Reports: Steelers RB James Conner, Coach Danny Smith Test Positive for COVID-19

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Steelers running back James Conner and special teams coordinator Danny Smith have tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network and Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette.

Conner, the Steelers’ starting running back, is a cancer survivor. Smith, 67 is in his eighth season with the Steelers and 25th as an NFL coach.

The news comes on the heels of the team placing three players — defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs and Stephon Tuitt and tackle Jerald Hawkins — on the COVID-19 reserve list on Friday.

Tracing for close contacts is underway. Schefter reported that Conner has multiple close contacts that will have to be isolated from the team.

With the Steelers scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on Tuesday, Conner, the three players placed on the COVID-19 list on Friday and all additional positive cases and close contacts will miss the game.

Conner will likely be replaced by second-year backup Benny Snell. Chris Wormley and Henry Mondeaux will fill in for Tuitt and Buggs on the defensive line, if available. Derwin Gray will be elevated to the top backup at tackle without Hawkins.

The Steelers did not practice on Friday and are not scheduled to practice on Saturday. They are scheduled to return to practice on Sunday.

The Steelers previously had guard Kevin Dotson on the COVID-19 reserve list, while tight end Vance McDonald came off the list this week after missing one game.

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