McFarland added to injury report with Illness

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Steelers are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak in the locker room. MacFarland could be the next to be out as a result.

The Steelers are okay from an injury standpoint but the coronavirus outbreak is throwing a kink in things. Ben Roethlisberger is being quarantined and he is also resting his knee after taking a hit from Neville Gallimore during the Cowboys game. Roethlisberger has tested negative for the virus.

Anthony MacFarland has been added to the list with an illness and it is a concern that it could be coronavirus. It is not certain at this time what his illness is. The team made a big mistake letting Vance McDonald fly with the team.

Steelers Injury Report

Mike Hilton (Shoulder) Questionable

Mike Hilton was limited again with a shoulder injury. He will need to be a full go on Friday if he wants to play. I think he is making progress but I thought he would have been ready to play by today. The Steelers have a good replacement in Cameron Sutton and that is why it is not smart to rush Hilton back.

Tyson Alualu (Knee) Questionable

Tyson Alualu is making progress. Being limited is a big step forward for him as I didn’t expect him to play this week. There is a chance that he plays this week and that would be very good news for the Black & Gold. The Steelers can still roll with Carlos Davis at nose tackle this week if needed but I don’t think it is ideal because Davis is still raw.

Isaiah Buggs (Ankle) Questionable

Buggs is another injury on the defensive line for the Steelers and it is a bit concerning to have two injuries at the position. Buggs was limited on Thursday and the hope is that he can play on Sunday. I think Buggs would be the primary nose tackle and would also get some snaps at defensive tackle in the nickel defense. This is a week Buggs needs to get healthy to get his snaps in.

Anthony McFarland (Illness) Questionable

Anthony McFarland is in a very questionable category for me.  He has an illness on the injury report and that is right when the Steelers are having a Coronavirus outbreak. There is also a chance it is just a common cold or flu. The good news is the Steelers have plenty of running back depth. James Conner and Benny Snell can get the job done, but the Steelers will miss their change of pace back.