The NFL is already going through an issue with optimistic COVID-19 checks simply 4 weeks into the 2020 season.
Week 4 noticed two video games postponed on account of gamers testing optimistic for the coronavirus. The Steelers and Titans recreation was faraway from the week completely after a number of gamers/workers on Tennessee examined optimistic for COVID-19. Later, the Patriots and Chiefs recreation was postponed following optimistic checks on each groups.
These optimistic checks observe earlier instances of COVID-19 we noticed from gamers earlier within the season. Under, we’ll be monitoring which NFL gamers have reportedly examined optimistic for COVID-19 this season. This record won’t embrace gamers who examined optimistic earlier than the beginning of the common season.
MORE: What occurs to gamers who check optimistic for COVID-19?
NFL gamers with COVID-19
Right here is the up to date record of NFL gamers who’ve been positioned on the league’s COVID-19 record after testing optimistic for the coronavirus:
- Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots
- Invoice Murray, DL, Patriots
- Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
- Byron Cowart, DT, Patriots
- A.J. Terrell, CB, Falcons
- Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Chiefs
- Adam Humphries, WR, Titans
- Kristian Fulton, CB, Titans
- Jeffery Simmons, DE, Titans
- Cam Batson, WR, Titans
- Kamalei Correa, LB, Titans
- Tommy Hudson, TE, Titans
- Beau Brinkley, LS, Titans
- DaQuan Jones, DL, Titans
- Greg Mabin, DB, Titans
- Corey Davis, WR, Titans
- Isaiah Wilson, OL, Titans
- Maurice Hurst, DL, Raiders
- Marlon Davidson, DT, Falcons
- Anthony Sherman, FB, Chiefs
Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
Newton will miss the Patriots’ Week 4 recreation towards the Chiefs after testing optimistic the Friday evening earlier than the sport. His optimistic check outcome compelled the league to reschedule the sport afterward within the week. On the time of his optimistic check, no different members of the Patriots had examined optimistic. (UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Oct. 3 that every one different Patriots checks got here again unfavourable for the virus.)
A.J. Terrell, CB, Falcons
Terrell examined optimistic previous to Atlanta’s Week 3 recreation towards the Bears. He was added to the crew’s COVID-19/reserve record and was inactive for that Week 3 recreation. He stays on that record and can doubtless miss Week 4’s matchup towards the Packers.
Terrell was the primary participant to overlook a recreation within the 2020 NFL season attributable to a optimistic COVID-19 check. (UPDATE: Terrell was faraway from the COVID-19/reserve record on Thursday, Oct. 8.)
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Chiefs
Whereas not a member of the lively roster, Ta’amu is a member of the Chiefs’ apply squad. Because the Kansas Metropolis Star notes, Ta’amu “nonetheless takes half in crew and positional conferences,” which suggests he is nonetheless across the crew and its gamers. No different Chiefs participant has examined optimistic, however the mixture of Ta’amu’s optimistic check and Newton’s compelled the league the postpone the Week 4 matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs.
A complete of 13 members of the Titans group have now examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the week-plus following their Week 3 recreation towards the Vikings. ESPN experiences there have now been 15 gamers and eight crew personnel who examined optimistic. The names of the Titans gamers who examined optimistic have been partially reported on over time. The results of the optimistic checks compelled the league to reschedule the Titans’ Week 4 matchup towards the Steelers.
The Titans additionally reportedly held an unauthorized exercise within the days main as much as their canceled Week 4 recreation, which might draw punishment from the NFL. Titans offensive lineman Roger Saffold did reply publicly, by way of Twitter, to the report of their exercise.