The Latest: Steelers’ Stephon Tuitt goes on COVID list

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The NFL’s last unbeaten team is facing its second COVID-19 scare this month.

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed defensive end Stephon Tuitt, reserve defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs and backup offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins on the COVID-19 Reserve/Injured list on Friday.

The team made the announcement shortly after the NFL moved Pittsburgh’s game against Baltimore from Sunday to Tuesday because of a COVID-19 issue with the Ravens.

Pittsburgh tight end Vance McDonald tested positive following a win over Dallas this month and returned to practice this week. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and starting inside linebacker Vince Williams were among a handful of players forced to self-quarantine that week because of contact tracing.

Roethlisberger and Williams did not miss a game, both returning in time to play in a victory over Cincinnati. McDonald returned to practice this week and is expected to play against the Ravens.

The potential loss of Tuitt deals a blow to Pittsburgh’s dynamic pass rush. Tuitt is third on the team with seven sacks and his disruptive presence up the middle helps create opportunities for outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.


Northern Kentucky postponed Saturday’s men’s basketball game at Chattanooga because of a positive COVID-19. The school also has paused team activities.

The Norse announced the decisions Friday after a positive result hours earlier from a group that includes players, coaches and essential support staff. The person is not showing symptoms and a confirmation test is being run. Northern Kentucky says it’s following Horizon League and NCAA protocols.

Chattanooga now plays next on Monday night at Tennessee Tech.


The Los Angeles Rams canceled practice Friday after two members of the organization received COVID test results that require further testing.

The Rams said in a statement they held their meetings virtually “out of an abundance of caution.” The team didn’t disclose the identities or jobs of the two people who received the questionable test results, which were discovered Thursday night.

The Rams announced two weeks ago that an unidentified player had tested positive for COVID. Three practice squad players — tight end Kendall Blanton, defensive back Jake Gervase and receiver J.J. Koski — went on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The NFC West-leading Rams (7-3) host the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) on Sunday.


No. 3 Villanova has added a third game at Bubbleville, the 11-day gathering of college basketball teams in Connecticut for early season nonconference play.

The Wildcats are now scheduled to play Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun arena against Virginia Tech.

Temple had been scheduled to be the Hokies’ opponent for that game, but the Owls said Thursday they were was pausing team activities for 14 days following a positive coronavirus test in the program.

Villanova has already won two games this week at Mohegan Sun, beating Boston College, 76-67 on Wednesday and No. 18 Arizona State 83-74, on Thursday night to win the Empire Classic.

There are several tournaments and stand-alone games being played in the modified bubble at the Connecticut resort casino through Dec. 5.


The Denver Broncos canceled practice Friday after another player and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s the third time this season the Broncos have had to scrap practice because of the coronavirus. And it comes a day after No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel went on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Broncos informed players early Friday that their facilities are closed and meetings will be held remotely leading to Sunday’s home game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Broncos previously canceled practices on Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 after a player either tested positive or came in close contact with an infected individual.


The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium will not be played this year.

The game matches teams from the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference. Organizers announced Friday that because of the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the region and state and local travel restrictions in New York, the game is off. The plan is for it to return next season.

There have now been eight bowls that will not be played this season, reducing the total number of games to 35.


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