Layne was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. The 2019 third-round pick is hoping to compete for a depth role on defense after spending his rookie season on special teams. Layne is unlikely to start any higher than fourth on the depth chart, behind Joe Haden, Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton.
Layne was placed on the Steelers' reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Landing on the list means Layne either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close proximity to someone who is infected. The 2019 third-round pick put together an underwhelming rookie campaign but is expected to be a key part of the team's special teams unit.
Layne recorded one tackle (solo) in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens. The rookie defensive back finished the 2019 season with three tackles in 10 games. Layne played exclusively on special teams and should have a similar role in 2020 behind Joe Haden and Steven Nelson at cornerback.
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