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Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick activated off the bench / COVID-19 ahead of crucial game against Bengals

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Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of three Pittsburgh Steelers those who started the defense were sidelined in the previous team’s Week 11 loss Charger. Steelers fans got the good news on Thursday, when Pittsburgh’s All-Pro safety system was activated off the team’s COVID-19/reserve roster.

Fitzpatrick was added to the team’s COVID-19 roster the day after Pittsburgh’s Week 10 game against Detroit. With Fitzpatrick, external support staff TJ Watt and hidden corners Joe Haden Inactive, the Steelers defense dropped 41 points in Sunday night’s loss to the Chargers. Pittsburgh especially struggles to stop quarterbacks Justin Herbert and run again Austin Ekeler. Herbert accumulated a total of 472 yards and three touchdowns, including his winning pass to 53 men Mike Williams. Ekeler totaled 115 yards and four touchdowns.

Watt was limited in practice Wednesday because of a foot injury, while Haden did not practice as he continues to deal with a foot injury. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin turned on the lights for both players as it pertains to playing in Sunday’s game.

The Steelers will need as many healthy bodies as possible as they prepare to face Bengali The team is currently leading them on the AFC North standings. Cincinnati broke its two-game losing streak by beating Raiders Last Sunday in Las Vegas, 32-13. Run back Joe Mixon led the Bengals’ attack with 123 javelins and two hits to the ground, while the Bengals’ defense held Raiders‘foul with just the first 13 knockdowns and 278 yards in total.

Pittsburgh has no Watt, the outer guardian Alex Highsmith and recipients Diontae Johnson for a 24-10 loss to Cincinnati in Week 3. Joe Burrow took advantage of Pittsburgh’s waning rush pass by going 14 of 18 passes, including two touchdown passes to rookies Ja’Marr Chase. In contrast, Cincinnati’s rush to pass led to four Steelers defenders’ deaths Ben Roethlisberger, who threw a season-high 58 passes in Pittsburgh’s second loss of the season.

“It’s been a big week for us, and I think that’s one of the approaches we’re going to take this week,” Tomlin said of Sunday’s game. “We’re not going to play cool and pretend not or downplay it. This is the AFC North football league that’s important to us. … These games are huge. You won’t go through the back door to get in. Tournament knockout… You have to hit the road and win the matches in this tournament.That’s just the reality of it.

“Top lane was obviously early in the season, they were able to get to our position and win. So it was a big game for us, it was a big game for them. ”

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