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Pittsburgh Steelers activate safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from COVID-19 list

PITTSBURGH -- At least one significant piece is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers defense ahead of Sunday's AFC North matchup at the Cincinnati Bengals.

The team activated safety Minkah Fitzpatrick off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday morning.

"He looks like he's 100 percent out there to me," defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. "He'll practice today and see how he feels, stuff like that."

Fitzpatrick tested positive for the virus Nov. 15 and was added to the active roster after a mandated 10-day stay in COVID-19 protocols.

Without Fitzpatrick -- and two other significant contributors in pass-rusher T.