Steelers’ Edmunds to step up while Fitzpatrick sidelined

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Detroit Lions running back Jermar Jefferson (28) heads for the end zone with Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds (34) in pursuit during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick played in Sunday’s home tie with the Detroit Lions, but he entered the COVID-19 protocol the following day.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he “doesn’t anticipate” having Fitzpatrick in the lineup for Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

He also said that the Steelers may use multiple players to replicate the talented Fitzpatrick’s multi-faceted role on the defense.

Fellow safety Terrell Edmunds expects to step up with Fitzpatrick possibly sidelined.

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