According to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers have placed three new players on the COVID reserve list including two linebackers that leave them quite thin in the heart of the defense. Bush along with fellow linebacker Marcus Allen and backup offensive tackle Zach Banner have all been placed on the list, leaving their availability in question for Sunday’s scheduled game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fans in Chiefs Kingdom are likely to roll their eyes at news like this given the star power sitting out currently on the COVID reserve list for K.C.’s side. From wide receiver Tyreek Hill to tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Charvarius Ward to kicker Harrison Butker, the Chiefs are missing loads of players on both sides of the ball.
The Steelers are starting to have COVID issues on Wednesday.
Still, it’s important to remember that these things happen in waves and Wednesday was the first day this week that the CHiefs had not learned of new cases. If the Steelers are just now learning about these three, then does that mean more are on the way? If so, it will only muddy an already confusing picture of what to expect for Sunday’s game.
The Steelers already had defensive tackle Montravius Adams on the team’s COVID list, which means four players are there at present. The Chiefs were up to 16 as of Tuesday between the active roster and practice squad. Fortunately, they are starting to get some players back in practice, including linebacker Willie Gay Jr. and wideout Josh Gordon.
Bush is a third-year linebacker for Pittsburgh with 66 total tackles, 4 passes deflected, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble so far in 13 starts this season. He was their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft (No. 10 overall).