NFL COVID-19 tracker: Updated list of players in protocol for Week 15 after outbreak

NFL COVID-19 tracker: Updated list of players in protocol for Week 15 after outbreak

With nearly three months of the NFL season underway, the league seemingly has one of its first league-wide COVID outbreaks on its hands. For much of the season, there were reports of individual players or teams testing positive or having outbreaks. Because of this year’s policy, several players — most notably Aaron Rodgers — have missed time quarantining with COVID.

League-wide cases have risen steadily over the last two days, with more than half as many positives revealed in two days as were reported during the league’s first few months of play in 2021:

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The league reached a record-high for cases diagnosed in a single day on Monday, too: 37 positive tests.

In addition to those tests, there were another 29 on Tuesday, bringing the reported total to 75 players over the last two days. With this season’s bye weeks in the books, teams could be shorthanded and down key contributors with little time for them to get ready as massive playoff pushes for both the AFC and NFC loom large.

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Sporting News has the list of all the players who’ve entered protocols since then:

NFL players in league COVID protocols

Listed players reflect only official team rosters as of 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Atlanta Falcons (three players)

  • OLB Emmanuel Ellerbee
  • DB Cornell Armstrong
  • OLB Quinton Bell

Baltimore Ravens (one player)

Buffalo Bills (two players)

  • LB Tyrel Dodson
  • LB AJ Klein

Carolina Panthers (one player)

Chicago Bears (five players)

  • DE Mario Edwards
  • DB Artie Burns
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • LB Sam Kamara
  • OL Elijah Wilkinson

Cincinnati Bengals (one player)

Cleveland Browns (six players)

  • G Drew Forbes
  • TE Austin Hooper
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • DE Takkarist McKinley
  • G Wyatt Teller
  • T Jedrick Wills

Dallas Cowboys (one player)

Houston Texans (two players)

  • LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
  • RB Jaylen Samuels

Indianapolis Colts (one player)

Kansas City Chiefs (one player)

Los Angeles Chargers (two players)

  • LT Rashawn Slater
  • G/C Scott Quessenberry

Los Angeles Rams (11 players)

  • CB Jalen Ramsey
  • OT Rob Havenstein
  • DB Dont’e Deayon
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  • DB Terrell Burgess
  • TE Brycen Hopkins
  • DB JuJu Hughes
  • T AJ Jackson
  • NT Sebastian Joseph-Day
  • S Jordan Fuller
  • RB Darrell Henderson Jr.

Miami Dolphins (four players)

  • S Jevon Holland
  • RB Phillip Lindsay
  • RB Myles Gaskin
  • RB Salvon Ahmed

Minnesota Vikings (seven players)

  • RB Alexander Mattison
  • WR DeDe Westbrook
  • WR Dan Chisena
  • DE Danielle Hunter
  • RB A.J. Rose Jr.
  • OG Kyle Hinton
  • WR Trishton Jackson

New England Patriots (one player)

New York Giants (two players)

  • WR Kadarius Toney
  • OL Wes Martin

New York Jets (two players)

  • DB Justin Hardee
  • QB Mark White

Philadelphia Eagles (four players)

  • WR Quez Watkins
  • RB Jason Huntley

Tennessee Titans (two players)

  • WR Dez Fitzpatrick
  • S Jamal Carter

Washington Football Team (10 players)

  • DT Jonathan Allen
  • LB David Mayo
  • DE William Bradley-King
  • TE Temarrick Hemingway
  • DB Kendall Fuller
  • DT Tim Settle
  • LB Khaleke Hudson
  • DE James Smith-Williams
  • DE Montez Sweat
  • DE Casey Toohill

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NFL COVID vaccine rules

Here is the COVID protocol for vaccinated players, according to the NFL:

  • Vaccinated individuals who test positive and are asymptomatic will be isolated and contact tracing will promptly occur.
  • The positive individual will be permitted to return to duty after two negative tests at least 24-hours apart.
  • After that, they will be tested every week or as directed by the medical staff.
  • Vaccinated individuals will not be subject to quarantine as a result of close contact with an infected person.

The main difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated players is that vaccinated players don’t have to worry about being a “high-risk” close contact at any point. They also have more freedom to participate in activities than their unvaccinated counterparts. Vaccinated players can go out on the road and more easily spend time with teammates outside the facility, among other perks.

What is NFL’s COVID protocol for unvaccinated players?

The NFL’s COVID protocols are stricter than those for vaccinated players. They are as follows, per the NFL:

  • If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the protocols from 2020 will remain in effect. The person will be isolated for a period of 10 days and will then be permitted to return to duty if asymptomatic.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be subject to a five-day quarantine period if they have close contact with an infected individual.

Unvaccinated players also have more procedures they must follow to avoid falling into COVID protocol. They include the following:

  • Unvaccinated individuals must be tested for COVID every day at the team facility. If a player misses even one day of testing, they will be required to test negative for COVID for five straight days before re-entering the facility. That’s what happened to Cam Newton before the final week of the Patriots’ preseason.
  • Unvaccinated free agents must also test negative for five consecutive days before being allowed to enter a team facility.
  • Unvaccinated players must wear masks at all times in the facility. They cannot gather in groups larger than three players and on the road “are prohibited from congregating, visiting or mingling with individuals outside of the traveling party once they have arrived in the game city.”
  • Unvaccinated individuals are subject to fines if they break COVID protocols. This can include anything from failing to wear a mask in the facility or going to an indoor concert or house party with more than 15 people.

When is a player considered fully vaccinated?

The NFL considers a player fully vaccinated if they fall into one of the two following categories. They either are 14 days removed from their final dose of Pfizer, Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or they previously contracted COVID and are 14 days removed from a single dose of any vaccine.

Will the NFL postpone games because of COVID?

The NFL has left the door open for potential postponements. That said, the league has said that “postponements will only occur if required by government authorities, medical experts, or at the Commissioner’s discretion.”

Of course, the NFL has also said that it’s hoping to play its full, 272-game schedule “in a safe and responsible way,” so it seems likely that the league will consider postponements where appropriate.

However, the NFL has noted that the burden of postponements or cancellations will fall upon teams featuring COVID spikes among unvaccinated players. If outbreaks occur among vaccinated players, the league will seek to “minimize the burden” of that club.

If a game is canceled/postponed because a club cannot play due to a Covid spike among or resulting from its non-vaccinated players/staff, then the burden of the cancellation or delay will fall on the club experiencing the Covid infection. We will seek to minimize the burden on the opposing club or clubs. If a club cannot play due to a Covid spike in vaccinated individuals, we will attempt to minimize the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams.

What does that mean? If a team has an outbreak that impacts unvaccinated players, they’re less likely to get a favorable ruling from the NFL. So, they may be forced to play significantly shorthanded or at a less convenient time.

The NFL also has stated that if a game cannot be rescheduled within its 18-week season due to a COVID outbreak amid non-vaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will be forced to forfeit.

Additionally, the league said that “games will not be postponed or rescheduled simply to avoid roster issues caused by injury or illness affecting multiple players, even within a position group.” That principle was in action last year, and the Broncos were the best example of it in action. They had to play with practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton as their quarterback after their quarterback room was exposed to the virus.

Will the NFL add an extra week because of COVID postponements?

No, it’s not planning to. The NFL confirmed that they are hoping not to extend the regular season past 18 weeks (17 games and one bye).

:We do not anticipate adding a “19th week” to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled within the current 18 weeks of the regular season.”

Perhaps the NFL will change its tune if COVID becomes a bigger issue than the league anticipates, but for now, don’t expect the league to add another week to the season.





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