Several asymptomatic and vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of “targeted” testing, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.
A total of 47 players have been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns, did not say how many players are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.
Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and Lions quarterback Jared Goff are among the players who have landed on the reserve roster. Bosa will miss this week’s game, according to coach Brandon Staley.
Players who test positive must self-quarantine until they are allowed to return. Under revised NFL protocols that went into effect Monday, asymptomatic and vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.
Kelce, cornerback Charvarius Ward and kicker Harrison Butker have tested positive. It all played last Thursday night against the Chargers, when Kelce collected a career-high 191 yards on a reception and caught the tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the overtime winner.
Kansas City already has defensive tackle Chris Jones, wide receiver Josh Gordon and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. on the roster.
Detroit wide receiver Quintez Cephus and tackle Matt Nelson were also added along with Goff.
The other Chargers added were DBs Trey Marshall, Kemon Hall and Tevaughn Campbell, linebacker Chris Rumph, center Corey Linsley and WR Andre Roberts.
New England were hit hard as WR Kendrick Bourne, LBs Harvey Langi and Cameron McGrone and DE Ronnie Perkins made the list.
Philadelphia saw starting goalie Landon Dickerson and backup tackle Andre Dillard added, meaning they could miss Tuesday night’s game.
Jets right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who chose not to work on the frontlines of the pandemic last year, was asked about the chances that some players might try to cover up their symptoms in order to continue to player.
“Of course that’s the downside, and I guess we’ll find out more next week and we’ll see after next Sunday what really happened in terms of the number of cases and everything,” Duvernay-Tardif said. , who has a doctorate in medicine and a master’s degree in surgery. âI just hope the guys are going to be honest with themselves because at the end of the day they put me in danger as a player who follows the rules and guidelines because they go out on the pitch with symptoms.
âWe’re all in the same boat. The goal is obviously to finish the season and play all the games, but it’s also to stay healthy, so I think we just have to be honest with ourselves.
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai has cleared COVID-19 protocols and will call games against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Desai tested positive last week, as did offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. It was not clear whether Lazor or Tabor would work the game. The Bears said on Saturday that quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo would serve as the offensive coordinator if Lazor was out, and that assistant special teams coordinator Brian Ginn would replace Tabor. he was not authorized.
The Bears also had 14 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Monday afternoon, including wide receiver Allen Robinson, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, security guard Eddie Jackson and alternate quarterback Andy Dalton.
Cleveland, who hosted Las Vegas on Monday – a game moved from Saturday due to the Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak – started third-string quarterback Nick Mullens with Baker Mayfield and his replacement, Case Keenum, both exiting during coronavirus protocols.
Only one Cleveland starter, safety John Johnson III, was activated from protocols ahead of Monday’s game.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was also out after testing positive last week when a slew of positive tests tore the Cleveland roster apart. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer served as Cleveland’s interim head coach and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt handled play call duties.
Two other games have been moved from Sunday to Tuesday night: Washington to Philadelphia and Seattle to the Los Angeles Rams. Washington and the Rams have seen the major outbreaks of COVID-19 that have forced these games to be relocated.
âNew York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers and safety guard Sharrod Neasman tested positive, as well as wide receiver Vyncint Smith, defensive lineman Tanzel Smart and cornerback Lamar Jackson in the training team.
âWe had a bit of COVID this morning,â Jets coach Robert Saleh said. âThey still have a chance to do it this week. They have to follow the protocol, as far as being asymptomatic and two negatives and everything – whatever the protocols. But this is where we are.
âSeattle added defensive tackle Bryan Mone to its COVID-19 roster on Monday, the seventh player on its 53-man roster to join the roster since last Thursday. Mone has started four games but was expected to be a decision against the Rams due to a knee injury suffered in Week 14 against Houston.
Other starters on the COVID-19 roster for Seattle include main receiver Tyler Lockett, cornerback DJ Reed and right tackle Brandon Shell.
In addition, Seattle linebacker coach John Glenn will not attend Tuesday’s game due to illness. Coach Pete Carroll said last Friday that there was a coach who had tested positive for COVID-19.
âBaltimore, who was also ravaged by injuries, added linebacker Justin Houston to the reserve / COVID-19 roster. He had a half-sack on Sunday in the team’s 31-30 loss to Green Bay.
âHouston placed three more players on the COVID-19 roster, bringing the total number of players on the roster to 12.
Starting defensive linemen Jacob Martin and Maliek Collins as well as reserve Derek Rivers were added on Monday. The moves come after Houston placed defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard, who leads the team with eight sacks, and offensive lineman Lane Taylor on the roster on Saturday. Starting linebackers Kamu Grugier-Hill and Christian Kirksey as well as starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell and starting right guard Justin McCray sat down against the Jaguars.
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