NFL Players on and of Covid IR at Start of Season
Several NFL players have contracted Covid which may result in problems moving forward in the season. Thus becoming more problematic if the player effected is a key active player in prime roles such as the quarterback. For the Season, the Covid protocol set into place is as followed:
A fully vaccinated player can return to play in five days if he does not have symptoms following two negative tests separated by 24 hours. An unvaccinated player faces at least a 10-day quarantine.
As of now, this is the status of players who have tested positive and have been put on the Covid-19 IR. Then, there are those who were activated from the Covid-19 IR list.
At the start, the Philadelphia Eagles has only one player on the Covid-19 IR. And, that player is T.Y. McGuill.
Unfortunately, offensive Guard Zack Martin is on the Covid-19 IR and will not be cleared in time to play. Also on the Covid-19 IR are Guard Connor Williams and wide receiver Noah Brown. Fortunately, The Cowboys are activating wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, safety Damontae Kazee and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins from the reserve/COVID19 list.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When asked about it, Brady gave this statement. “I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans,” Brady said. “It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year. It’s going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it.”
Tennessee has five players still on the Covid-19 IR: starters Nate Davis, Ben Jones and Geoff Swaim; center Cole Banwart and linebacker Justin March-Lillard. Luckily, The Titans activated quarterback Ryan Tannehill who tested positive and was placed on the list on August 26th. Now, they have to escalate practice reps with Ryan Tannehill and Julio Jones to maintain chemistry and guarantee performance.
New York Jets
Jets’ wide receiver Jamison Crowder is on the Covid-19 IR after testing positive for COVID-19 which means he won’t appear for the season opener. Despite being Vaccinated, Crowder is still symptomatic and will be considered day-to-day.
In a turn of events, Colts has three players activated off the Covid-19 IR. Apparently, the players came into close contact with a staff member who tested positive. Moving forward, Colts activated quarterback Carson Wentz (whose is stil on the fence with getting vaccinated), center Ryan Kelly, and receiver Zach Pascal.
In conclusion, in the event that one or more players will be out of commission due to testing positive for Covid-19, strategy will play a bigger role in maintaining success on the field. Coaches and assistant coaches will have to think ahead and prepare back up strategies as the pandemic is not set to end any time soon. So, that means most of the football game will start on paper before it actually begins on the field.