Pittsburgh activated Washington (illness) activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Washington landed on the list Jan. 8 and didn't play in the the Steelers' regular-season finale against the Ravens, but the wideout will be available for Sunday's playoff opener against Kansas City. While his return bolsters Pittsburgh's wideout depth, Washington's fantasy upside is capped by the fact that Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud also are in the mix. Additionally, JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) has progressed to the point that he's been designated to return from injured reserve, which gives him a chance to return to the lineup Sunday.
Washington (undisclosed) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Coach Mike Tomlin relayed the news regarding Washington, whom the Steelers placed on the COVID-19 list Saturday. Washington was forced to sit out Sunday's season finale at Baltimore, but with Pittsburgh earning the No. 7 seed in the AFC he'll have another chance to play Sunday at Kansas City if he's able to clear league protocols.
Washington (reserve/COVID-19 list) is unavailable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. While Washington won't play in the Steelers' regular-season finale, Diontae Johnson is active after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 18 action. Johnson is thus slated to head the team's wideout corps Sunday along with Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud.
The Steelers placed Washington (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Until Washington clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud are in line to head the Steelers' wideout corps. Washington has hauled in 24 of 44 targets for 285 yards and two touchdowns across 15 appearances during the 2021 regular season.
Washington recorded three receptions on five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over Tennessee. Washington tied with Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson for the team lead in targets Sunday, though the entire Pittsburgh offense posted uninspiring numbers. Most notable was that Washington outplayed Chase Claypool -- who recorded zero receptions on only two targets -- in what could be a sign that Washington is rising up the depth chart. Washington has recorded a combined seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown across his last two games. The Steelers' Week 16 matchup against Kansas City could provide for better offensive numbers, though Washington's role remains uncertain.
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