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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took to Twitter on Monday to thank fans for their support, explaining he had ‘minimal symptoms’; Tomlin led Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl XLIII title following the 2008 regular season

Last Updated: 23/02/21 10:42am

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is away from team facilities having been diagnosed with COVID-19, NFL Network reported on Monday.

The Steelers would not confirm the news but did say that coaches – including Tomlin – and other personnel were sent home last week after a couple of positive cases cropped up, per the report.

Tomlin, who turns 49 next month, posted a statement on Twitter acknowledging the news and thanking his supporters.

“I want to thank everyone who reached out to express their concern for my health,” Tomlin wrote. “Luckily I have had minimal symptoms and I’m thankful to be in good health. I want to thank those media professionals who knew about my situation and respected my privacy. It is very much appreciated.

“I’ll be back in the office soon while I continue to work virtually from home. Thanks for your support and well wishes!”

According to NFL.com, at least three Steelers players – running back James Conner, cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald – as well as a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 during the season.

Tomlin is coming off his 14th season as Steelers head coach and has never had a losing season while making the playoffs nine times and leading Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl XLIII title following the 2008 regular season.

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