Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was in a car accident on Friday.
Thankfully, the 31 year old is okay.
But the 9-second video he shared on Twitter looks like it was more than a routine fender bender.
I’m good! Stay prayed up! 🧿🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/4mF35BMmhq
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) November 27, 2020
It is not known if Haden had any passengers in the car, if the other vehicle had injured passengers, or any of the details surrounding the crash.
We know that Coach Tomlin canceled Steelers practice on Friday so Haden was not en route or traveling home from the team’s practice facilities.
Haden’s Rolls Royce Collection
Joe Haden is an avid car collector, most notably Rolls Royce vehicles.
In the good old days of 2019 when players made fun and grand entrances on the first day of training camp, Haden arrived in a white Rolls Royce wearing a Sydney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey.
Haden’s accident is just the latest unexpected event to befall the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team has been in a watch-and-wait pattern since their Thanksgiving night game against the Baltimore Ravens was rescheduled two times.
First, it was slated for Sunday afternoon, but it has now been moved to Tuesday night.
Repeated rescheduling of the game happened to make sure the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the Ravens team is contained and all contact tracing has occurred.
14 players are now on the Ravens’ Reserve/COVID-19 list because of positive tests and high-risk close contacts; the most notable is QB Lamar Jackson who tested positive.
The 10-0 Steelers already had a disruption to their schedule and were forced to take a premature and unscheduled bye in Week 4 that only amounted to 3 days off.
This happened because of the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred with the Tennessee Titans.
While the Steelers are not happy about the multiple date and time changes of this game, two things are clear.
- The Baltimore Ravens with a depleted squad will be an even bigger underdog than prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Pittsburgh does not want to be in a situation where an 18th week is added to the NFL regular season.
Barring a major issue, the Steelers will win the division, secure a first-round playoff bye, and potentially home field advantage so they do not want the postseason schedule impacted by this Ravens situation.
Mike Tomlin had told his players they’d play the #Ravens tomorrow and then be off till Wednesday, making up for the fact that their first “bye” was only three days. You think the #Steelers were annoyed when the #Titans outbreak affected things? Just wait… https://t.co/zctINtcz5y
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 25, 2020
Steelers Reserve/COVID-19 List
While the Steelers are relatively clean with COVID-19 cases so far this season, the team added 3 players to the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.
In addition, RB James Connor and an unnamed Steelers assistant coach tested positive on Saturday.
Both await a second test result to confirm their initial tests are not false positives.
James Conner is the #Steelers player who tested positive for #COVID, multiple sources tell me. He is awaiting a second test tomorrow to confirm these results. Contact tracing continues. And as w/ every positive case in the #NFL and country… here’s to recoveries and good health.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 28, 2020
The NFL continues to manage and juggle COVID-19 issues among its teams.
It ordered all facilities be cleared on Monday and Tuesday (except teams involved in Monday and Tuesday games) as a way to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The NFL informed clubs all in-person team activities will be prohibited this coming Monday and Tuesday — a mitigation measure in light of rising COVID-19 positivity rates across the country and many players and staff having guests for Thanksgiving. The ban doesn’t include games. pic.twitter.com/ObytXZz5Sg
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 28, 2020