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  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Brandon Aiyuk WR, San Francisco 49ers
    49ers placed WR Brandon Aiyuk on the reserve/COVID-19 list and he will miss Thursday's Week 9's game against the Packers.

    Deebo Samuel and LT Trent Williams join Aiyuk on the COVID-19 list as close contacts to Kendrick Bourne, who was previously ruled out. Samuel was already set to miss the game, but the 49ers now will be without their top two wide receivers and best left tackle. It is fair to question how this game is moving forward as planned on Thursday night and, if it is indeed played, who will catch passes from Nick Mullens. The 49ers are down to Trent Taylor and Richie James at the position on the active roster, but three names on the practice squad.
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    Nov 4, 2020, 7:35 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 5
    Romeo Crennel HC, Houston Texans
    The Texans will close its facilities Thursday due to a positive COVID-19 test.

    As always with positive tests, the Texans will shut down its facilities and force the player who tested positive (to be revealed on tomorrow's transactions wire) to keep at home. Any players who were deemed in close contact will also quarantine and be ruled out for Sunday due to the league's five-day window. As it stands, Sunday's contest between the Texans and Jaguars is still scheduled to occur.
    Source: David Nuno on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 12:30 AM ET

    Deebo Samuel WR, San Francisco 49ers
    49ers added WR Deebo Samuel to the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Samuel was already ruled out for Thursday's Week 9 matchup against the Packers with a hamstring injury, but he joins Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams on the list due to close contact with Kendrick Bourne.
    Nov 4, 2020, 8:04 PM ET


    Trent Williams T, San Francisco 49ers
    49ers placed LT Trent Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list, forcing him out of Week 9's game against the Packers.

    The 49ers will be without their top three wide receivers and starting left tackle, with all four landing on the COVID-19 list. Somehow the league still plans on playing the game on Thursday night. Nick Mullens will draw the start with a depleted roster.
    Nov 4, 2020, 7:46 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 5

    Andy Reid HC, Kansas City Chiefs
    A member of the Chiefs' coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.

    "The Chiefs will hold practice this morning and then out of precaution, the facilities will be closed this afternoon and meetings will be held virtually," the organization said in a statement. The Texans and Colts experienced similar positive tests overnight, but all three games including these teams are still expected to play on Sunday. Such is life when you test positive in the NFL.
    Source: Around The NFL on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 12:44 PM ET


    Jake Martin LB, Houston Texans
    Texans placed LB Jake Martin on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Martin is the second Texans player to test positive for the virus, after guard Max Scharping tested positive last week. The team began contact tracing after Martin's positive test and have subsequently found more infections among players. Martin has two sacks and 11 tackles this season.
    Source: Deepi Sudha on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 2:04 PM ET


    Whitney Mercilus LB, Houston Texans
    Texans placed OLB Whitney Mercilus on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Identified as a close contract of COVID-positive Jacob Martin, Mercilus and LB Dylan Cole cannot rejoin the team until they return five days of negative tests. That will not happen in time to suit up for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. It means the Texans will be without three different linebackers. That is football during the time of COVID. Veteran Mercilus has four sacks through seven games, though he has earned poor marks from Pro Football Focus in the process.
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    Jake Martin, Dylan Cole

    Source: John McClain on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 2:03 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Cody Whitehair G, Chicago Bears
    Bears players were sent home from practice Thursday after G Cody Whitehair tested positive for COVID-19.

    The Bears were already in the league's "intensive COVID-19 protocols" before Whitehair's positive test. Friday's testing report will prove critical as the Bears prepare to play the Titans on Sunday.
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    Tennessee Titans

    Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 2:19 PM ET
  • Doobie_SnacksDoobie_Snacks Posts: 4,416
    Chiefs place DT Chris Jones on reserve/covid list per Ian Rapoport
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  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177

    Chiefs place DT Chris Jones on reserve/covid list per Ian Rapoport

    That hurts two of my teams....
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Michael Pittman WR, Indianapolis Colts
    Colts WR Michael Pittman has been identified as a "close contact" of the Colts staff member to test positive for coronavirus, though he is not considered "high risk."

    The same is true for DT Sheldon Day, DT Tyquan Lewis and Quenton Nelson. All four could return to practice as early as Friday. With Marcus Johnson (knee) popping up on Thursday's injury report with T.Y. Hilton still sidelined, Pittman should be much more involved in the Colts' Week 9 offense after drawing just one target in his Week 8 return. That is, of course, provided there are no corona complications.
    Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 6:25 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Matt Nagy HC, Chicago Bears
    The Bears have been cleared to return to their team facilities on Friday following C Cody Whitehair's placement on the COVID-19 list.

    Friday's testing will be key, but for now, the Bears can resume their preparation for Sunday's game against the Titans. At least so far, the league continues to avoid major COVID bullets.
    Nov 5, 2020, 10:52 PM ET

    Jon Gruden HC, Las Vegas Raiders
    Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Raiders have been fined $500,000 and stripped of a 2021 sixth-round draft pick for "protocol violations related to OT Trent Brown’s positive test in late October."

    Coach Jon Gruden has also been fined $150,000. The stiff penalties are because the Raiders were deemed to be "repeat offenders." Gruden certainly hasn't displayed the best mask form on the sideline, in addition to some off-the-field protocol issues with his players. With COVID running more and more rampant inside the NFL, the league is going to grow ever more heavy-handed in an effort to keep the season on track. It is going to be extraordinarily difficult as the United States deals with record coronavirus cases heading into colder weather.
    Source: Charles Robinson on Twitter
    Nov 5, 2020, 9:10 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Michael Pittman WR, Indianapolis Colts
    Colts WR Michael Pittman is expected to practice Friday.

    Pittman was in the COVID close contact protocol but wasn't considered high-risk. He'll rejoin the team Friday and looks on track to play this week. The Colts have also cleared OG Quenton Nelson, DT Sheldon Day, and DT Tyquan Lewis to practice.
    Source: NFL Network
    Nov 6, 2020, 9:10 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Matt LaFleur HC, Green Bay Packers
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers had a player who was active in Week 9 test positive for COVID-19.

    The Packers already have A.J. Dillon, Jamaal Williams, and LB Kamal Martin on the COVID list. The hope is the latest player to test positive didn't pass it to anyone on Thursday night. Coming off a short week, the Packers have a few extra days to get ready for Week 10.
    Source: ESPN
    Nov 6, 2020, 12:06 PM ET
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    Iceman said:

    Chiefs place DT Chris Jones on reserve/covid list per Ian Rapoport

    That hurts two of my teams....
    Chiefs standout DT Chris Jones, out recently because of a close contact with a staffer who was COVID-19 positive, is back in the building and set to practice today, source said. That’s a sign he’s been cleared
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    Iceman said:

    Chiefs place DT Chris Jones on reserve/covid list per Ian Rapoport

    That hurts two of my teams....
    Chiefs standout DT Chris Jones, out recently because of a close contact with a staffer who was COVID-19 positive, is back in the building and set to practice today, source said. That’s a sign he’s been cleared
    Nice....
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Jordan Love QB, Green Bay Packers
    Packers placed QB Jordan Love on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Love is the latest Packer to hit the COVID list. Head coach Matt LaFleur said the team would take extra measures to physically distance the team's quarterbacks.
    Source: Matt Schneidman on Twitter
    Nov 6, 2020, 5:10 PM ET

    Lynn Bowden WR, Miami Dolphins
    Dolphins placed RB Lynn Bowden on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Bowden's COVID infection is unrelated to the Miami assistant coach who tested positive, according to the team. Myles Gaskin (knee) and Matt Breida (hamstring) being out for the Dolphins might have opened an opportunity for Bowden to see some touches this week against the Cardinals. Instead, Jordan Howard and Patrick Laird will share backfield duties for Miami. Pass-catching specialist Laird should be the superior option in PPR formats.
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    Patrick Laird, Jordan Howard

    Source: Adam Beasly on Twitter
    Nov 6, 2020, 3:57 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177

    Fifteen NFL teams currently have COVID-19 issues
    Posted by Mike Florio on November 6, 2020, 10:48 AM EST
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    If only the pandemic truly had disappeared after the election.

    The nationwide COVID-19 outbreak continues, with six-figure cases and single-day records over each of the past two days. And the NFL is feeling the impact of it.

    Currently, 15 teams have issues with the virus, in one form or another. In no particular order, they are the Ravens, Texans, Colts, Broncos, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers, Bears, 49ers, Cardinals, Eagles, Raiders, Lions, Falcons, and Dolphins.

    That’s nearly half the league, presently struggling with some issue or another related to the pandemic.

    “As we’ve repeatedly said, as long as the pandemic is endemic in our society there will be positive cases, particularly as we see spikes in our communities,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email earlier this morning. “Our protocols anticipate that, and are designed to identify it early, isolate the individual and stop the virus from spreading within a team. The protocols have worked and it’s a testament to the hard work of thousands of individuals. We knew it was going to be difficult. It takes all of us to working every day to continue to meet this challenge.”

    He’s right on all counts. But it won’t get any easier as the virus continues to spread in the places where NFL teams are located. Unless and until the league implements home-market bubbles, all players, coaches, and essential personnel will leave the facility each day and go to a place where they could contract the virus. Between the incubation period and the lag between test collection and test result, infected players and coaches can enter the building and spread it before anyone even realizes what has happened.

    That’s why every coach should be explaining every day to every player and staff member that it should be assumed that everyone in the building has it, because anyone can have it on any given day. Masks, distancing, and all other protocols become critical to avoid an outbreak that can cancel games, wipe out game checks, and otherwise derail a season that somehow has made it through eight full weeks with all games played.
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Brandon Aiyuk WR, San Francisco 49ers
    49ers activated WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Kendrick Bourne, WR Deebo Samuel, and T Trent Williams from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    All four players missed Thursday night's game against the Packers, who proceeded to humiliate the undermanned Niners. Samuel and Aiyuk were placed on the list because they had close contact with Bourne, who tested positive for the virus. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said this week that Samuel (hamstring) has a shot to play in Week 10.
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    Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams, Kendrick Bourne

    Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter
    Nov 6, 2020, 5:46 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Patrick Queen LB, Baltimore Ravens
    Ravens activated LB Patrick Queen from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Queen was one of six players who were close contacts with Marlon Humphrey. The Ravens also activated S DeShon Elliott, LB L.J. Fort, LB Malik Harrison, CB Terrell Bonds, and LB Tyus Bowser from the COVID-19 list.
    Nov 7, 2020, 9:49 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Mike Tomlin HC, Pittsburgh Steelers
    The Steelers had a staff member test positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

    They'll have to pass through COVID protocols and contact tracing before playing Sunday. There was concern after Pittsburgh played the Ravens and CB Marlon Humphrey last week, who tested positive for the virus, but this doesn't look related. The Steelers travel to Dallas in Week 9.
    Source: ESPN
    Nov 7, 2020, 10:56 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177

    Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
    Lions activated QB Matthew Stafford from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    This was the expectation all along. It's not exactly ideal that Stafford was unable to practice this week, but missing Kenny Golladay (hip) is his biggest concern for a plus matchup with the Vikings. Stafford will have to rely on T.J. Hockenson, Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall for big plays. Despite missing his alpha wideout, Stafford remains on the QB1/2 borderline because of the sorry state of the Vikings' defense.
    Nov 7, 2020, 4:09 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    William Gholston DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Bucs activated DL William Gholston from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Gholston spent three days on the list after coming into close contact with someone with coronavirus. Gholston has featured on 54 percent of the Bucs' snaps this season.
    Nov 7, 2020, 4:27 PM ET
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    edited November 7
    Austin Bryant DL, Detroit Lions
    Lions activated DL Austin Bryant from the reserve/PUP list.

    The No. 117 overall pick of last year's draft missed the Lions' first seven games. He was active for only four games as a rookie because of a pectoral injury. Turning 24 next week, old for a sophomore Bryant will have to fight for snaps along the Lions' Trey Flowers-less defensive line.
    Nov 7, 2020, 4:28 PM ET

    Brandon Facyson DB, Los Angeles Chargers
    Chargers placed CB Brandon Facyson on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Facyson's placement comes five days after the Chargers traded slot stud Desmond King, and the same day Keenan Allen was added to the injury report as "questionable" with an illness. Facyson has played 219 snaps this season. The Bolts are going to be Week 9 short-handed in the secondary against the Raiders.
    Nov 7, 2020, 4:42 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 8
    Baker Mayfield QB, Cleveland Browns
    NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports the Browns have placed QB Baker Mayfield on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Mayfield was reportedly placed on the list because of a high-risk contact situation and not because he tested positive. If he returns negative results moving forward, Cleveland could clear him to return to practice as early as Wednesday. The Browns will be in intensive protocols upon returning from their bye week. Case Keenum will draw the start in Week 10 if Mayfield returns a positive test result. Cleveland's run-based approach should continue to operate smoothly with Keenum at the helm.
    Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter
    Nov 8, 2020, 9:55 AM ET

    Trent Brown T, Las Vegas Raiders
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Raiders RT Trent Brown is expected to be out "at least a month" due to COVID complications.

    Brown was taken to the hospital after an IV mishap before his game versus the Browns and is now suffering complications because of his recent illness. Hopefully Brown is able to make a full recovery before the end of the season. Sam Young will continue to start in his place. Brandon Parker will back up Young.
    Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
    Nov 8, 2020, 9:36 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 9
    Mike Tomlin HC, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Steelers had a player test positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

    This announcement comes 48 hours after a staff member tested positive and only 24 hours after the team played the Cowboys. The Steelers will immediately enter intensive protocol and eventually rule out a handful of players for close-contact ahead of its Week 10 game against the Bengals. Expect those names, if any, to be revealed in the next 24 hours.
    Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter
    Nov 9, 2020, 4:21 PM ET

    Jarrad Davis LB, Detroit Lions
    Lions activated LB Jarrad Davis from the reserve/COVID list.

    Davis recorded 18 tackles and zero sacks prior to being sent to the team's COVID list, additionally creating two forced fumbles. Detroit will send CB Tony McRae to injured reserve in order to make room for Davis on the active roster.
    Source: Kyle Meinke on Twitter
    Nov 9, 2020, 4:04 PM ET


    Jamaal Williams RB, Green Bay Packers
    Packers activated RB Jamaal Willams from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Williams was placed on the team's COVID list after being in close contact with A.J. Dillon, who remains away from the team. With Aaron Jones clearly healthy after handling 20 of the team's 34 backfield touches in a blowout win, Williams will return to his usual 1B role as an RB3/FLEX in Week 10 against the Jaguars.
    Source: Green Bay Packers on Twitter
    Nov 9, 2020, 4:29 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Kendrick Bourne WR, San Francisco 49ers
    49ers placed Kendrick Bourne on the reserve/COVID list.

    Bourne initially tested positive only 24 hours before the team squared off against Green Bay in Week 9 and was actually probed by the NFL and NFLPA for potentially not "wearing a face covering as required by the COVID-19 rules." This episode clearly isn't close to being through with since Bourne was placed back on the team's COVID list Monday afternoon.
    Source: David Lombardi on Twitter
    Nov 9, 2020, 5:04 PM ET



    Vance McDonald TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Steelers placed Vance McDonald on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    McDonald tested positive only 24 hours after he played 20 snaps in the Steelers' Week 9 win over the Cowboys. Contract tracing is underway at Pittsburgh's facilities in order to identify those who may qualify as high-risk close contacts. If caught in the next 24 hours, the team's close contacts could still potentially be cleared in time for Week 10 against the Bengals.
    Source: Field Yates on Twitter
    Nov 9, 2020, 4:39 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Steelers placed Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Steelers OL Jerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen Samuels, and LB Vince Williams were also put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Vance McDonald on Monday tested positive after he played 20 snaps in the Steelers' Week 9 win over the Cowboys. Roethlisberger was considered a high-risk close contact of someone who tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He'll have to self isolate for five days. Barring a positive COVID test, Roethlisberger should be able to come off the list on Saturday and play this week against the Bengals. Mason Rudolph should be picked up in deep superflex leagues in the meantime.
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    Mason Rudolph, Vance McDonald, Jaylen Samuels, Vince Williams, Jerald Hawkins

    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
    Nov 10, 2020, 10:08 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Doug Pederson HC, Philadelphia Eagles
    The Eagles announced Tuesday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

    That's as far as the specifics went. No longer a rare occurrence in the NFL, hopefully this case remains contained.
    Nov 10, 2020, 5:09 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 11
    Baker Mayfield QB, Cleveland Browns
    Browns activated QB Baker Mayfield from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Mayfield never tested positive but was considered a high-risk contact. Now that he's been cleared, he'll rejoin the team and have a normal week of practice. Mayfield has a matchup with the Texans' bottom-three secondary coming off Cleveland's bye.
    Nov 11, 2020, 9:43 AM ET

    Marlon Humphrey DB, Baltimore Ravens
    Ravens activated CB Marlon Humphrey from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Humphrey missed the last 10 days after testing positive in Week 9. His return is welcomed news to an injured Ravens secondary. Humphrey has 40 tackles, an interception, and four forced fumbles in seven games this season.
    Nov 11, 2020, 10:07 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 12
    Tyrone Crawford DL, Dallas Cowboys
    Cowboys placed DL Tyrone Crawford on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    It is unknown if Crawford tested positive or simply was in close contact with someone who did. The Cowboys are on a bye this week, so Crawford could be back in time for the Week 11 matchup against the Vikings. He has played 281 of a possible 632 snaps this season.
    Nov 11, 2020, 6:44 PM ET

    Matthew Adams LB, Indianapolis Colts
    Colts placed LB Matthew Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    It comes a day before the Colts play the Titans. The Colts also had a staff member test positive last week. Thursday night's game remains on as scheduled.
    Nov 11, 2020, 3:11 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    edited November 12
    Lynn Bowden WR, Miami Dolphins
    Dolphins activated RB Lynn Bowden from the reserve/COVID list.

    He'll return to practice Thursday. The Dolphins could have Matt Breida (hamstring), DeAndre Washington, and Bowden available to replace Myles Gaskin (knee, IR) over the next two games. Expect one of Jordan Howard or rookie Salvon Ahmed to be healthy scratched in Week 10 against the Chargers.
    Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter
    Nov 12, 2020, 10:58 AM ET

    John Harbaugh HC, Baltimore Ravens
    The Ravens reported an undisclosed player has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Baltimore went a full week without a positive test after CB Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19, but that streak came to an end Thursday morning. That player immediately began self-quarantine, and the organization entered the league's intensive protocol. There were reportedly no high-risk close contacts.
    Source: Baltimore Ravens on Twitter
    Nov 12, 2020, 11:15 AM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 7,177
    Kyle Van Noy LB, Miami Dolphins
    Dolphins placed LB Kyle Van Noy, DT Christian Wilkins, and WR Matt Cole on the resever/COVID-19 list.

    The Dolphins will be without Van Noy this week against the Chargers. He's played the most snaps among all Miami linebackers this season and rates as the team's second best at the position, per Pro Football Focus grades.
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    Matt Cole, Christian Wilkins

    Source: Miami Dolphins on Twitter
    Nov 12, 2020, 4:49 PM ET
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