The Steelers placed running back Jaylen Samuels and receiver James Washington on the reserve/COVID-19 list and released eight other players on Sunday.
Samuels, a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Washington, the team's second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, give the Steelers four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which also includes Justin Layne and Arrion Springs. Samuels played in 14 games in 2019 with four starts. He had 66 carries for 175 yards and one touchdown, and added 47 receptions for 305 yards and a touchdown. Washington played in 15 games, with 10 starts, in 2019 and had 44 receptions for 735 yards and three touchdowns.
In addition, the team waived quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Ralph Webb, former Pitt receiver Quadree Henderson, offensive lineman Christian Montano, linebackers Christian Kuntz, who played at Duquesne University, and Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and defensive end Josiah Coatney.
The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person(s). If a player falls into either of these categories, their club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player's medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.