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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

47 NFL players placed on reserve/COVID-19 list – most in 1 day – as revised testing protocols apply

Several asymptomatic, 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.

In all, 47 players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which is the highest in a day since the pandemic began. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to privacy issues, did not specify how many players are asymptomatic and have been fully vaccinated.

The Kansas City Chiefs added Travis Kelce, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joy Bossa and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff to the reserve list. According to coach Brandon Staley, Bossa will miss this week’s game.

Players who test positive must quarantine until cleared to return. Under the NFL’s revised protocol, which took effect Monday, asymptomatic, vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.

Kelsey, cornerback Charvarius Ward and kicker Harrison Butker tested positive. All played against the Chargers on Thursday night, when Kelce had a career-high 191 receiving yards and a tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and caught the winner in overtime.

The Chiefs already have defensive tackle Chris Jones, wide receiver Josh Gordon and linebacker Willie Gay Jr on the list.

Goff was also joined by Lions receiver Quintez Cephas and tackle Matt Nelson.

Other Chargers included defensive backs Trey Marshall, Kemon Hall and Tevon Campbell, linebacker Chris Rumpf, center Corey Linsley and wide receiver Andre Roberts.

The New England Patriots were hit hard in the form of wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, linebackers Harvey Longhi and Cameron McGron and defensive end Ronnie Perkins.

The Philadelphia Eagles added guard Landon Dickerson and backup tackle Andre Dillard, meaning they could miss Tuesday night’s game.

New York Jets right guard Laurent DuVernay-Tarif, who opted to serve on the front lines of the pandemic last year, was asked about the opportunities some players might try to hide symptoms to continue playing. Huh.

“Of course it’s on the downside, and I think we’ll know more in the next week and we’ll see after next Sunday what really happened in terms of the number of cases and everything,” said DuVernay-Tarif, whose Has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Masters in Surgery. “I hope people are going to be honest with themselves, because at the end of the day they are putting me at risk as a player who is following the rules and guidelines as they go on the field with symptoms. Huh.

“We are all doing this together. The goal is obviously to finish the season and play all the games, but it is also to be healthy, so we just have to be honest with ourselves.”

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai approved of COVID-19 protocols and will call off plays against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Desai tested positive last week, as did offensive coordinator Bill Ledger and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. The Bears said Saturday quarterback coach John DeFilippo will serve as offensive coordinator if the Lasers are out and will fill in for assistant special teams coordinator Brian Ginn Tabor if he is not cleared.

The Bears also had 14 players on their reserve/COVID-19 list as of Monday afternoon, including receiver Alan Robinson, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, safety Eddie Jackson and backup quarterback Andy Dalton.

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