Pittsburgh Steelers receiver James Washington is off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team announced the move Friday. Washington was placed on the list on Aug 2.
The reserve/COVID-19 list is used for any player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or comes in close contact with someone who contracted the virus. Teams do not specify which group a player falls in when going on the list.
Washington enters his third season in Pittsburgh coming off a breakout second year in which the Oklahoma State product compiled 44 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns.
A deep threat, Washington is set to compete with rookie Chase Claypool for boundary-receiver duties alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson.
To make room on the roster for Washington, the Steelers released undrafted linebacker John Houston out of USC. DeOssie is a two-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Pro Bowler who played all of his 13-year career with Big Blue. The 36-year-old had his 2019 season ended early by knee and wrist injuries. Also a linebacker, DeOssie was primarily a long snapper and special teams player who tallied 95 special teams tackles and was part of 10 postseason games with the Giants.