NFL COVID-19 tracker: Updated team-by-team list of players in protocol for Week 17

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For the past three weeks, NFL teams have been hit hard with COVID-19 cases because of the rise of the Omicron variant throughout the world.

More than 100 players have already landed on the COVID/reserve list ahead of Week 17 games, and there were 96 positive tests alone on Monday, a new high for a single day.

At the start of Week 16, more than 200 players were on the COVID/reserve list. At the beginning of Week 17, various players are being activated, but dozens more are being put into the league’s protocols. One of the bigger names to go on the list in Week 17 is Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans. The Bucs were already dealing with a significant loss to their offensive unit, as running back Leonard Fournette is on the list, too.

As of Tuesday, the NFL adopted the CDC’s new quarantining guidelines, stating that players who test positive and are asymptomatic regardless of vaccination status will only have to quarantine for five days instead of 10.

Sporting News has the list of all of the players who have entered COVID-19 protocols ahead of Week 17 games.

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NFL players in league COVID protocols

(Based on official team rosters as of Dec. 27)

Atlanta Falcons (13 players)

  • DT Marlon Davidson
  • LB Brandon Copeland
  • WR Tajae Sharpe
  • LB James Vaughters
  • LB Dorian Etheridge
  • QB Feleipe Franks 
  • S Richie Grant
  • DL Tyeler Davison
  • DL Jonathan Bullard
  • SS Jaylinn Hawkins 
  • TE Hayden Hurst 
  • OL Willie Beavers
  • OT Jason Spriggs

Baltimore Ravens (one player)

Carolina Panthers (11 players)

  • DT Daviyon Nixon
  • C Matt Paradis
  • DE Brian Burns
  • C Sam Tecklenburg
  • DE Marquis Haynes Sr.
  • OL Haason Reddick
  • DT Phil Hoskins
  • LB Shaq Thompson
  • S Kenny Robinson
  • DE Darryl Johnson
  • RB Reggie Bonnafon

Chicago Bears (four players)

  • WR Isaiah Coulter
  • LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • TE Jesper Horsted
  • DT Akiem Hicks

Cincinnati Bengals (six players)

  • LB Clay Johnston
  • DB Chidobe Awuzie
  • QB Brandon Allen
  • CB Darius Phillips
  • WR Auden Tate
  • LB Germaine Pratt

Cleveland Browns (three players)

  • LB Tony Fields II
  • LB Elijah Lee
  • LT Alex Taylor

Dallas Cowboys (five players)

  • DT Trysten Hill
  • DT Osa Odighizuwa
  • DB Malik Hooker
  • CB Kyron Brown
  • S Tyler Coyle

Denver Broncos (12 players)

  • RB Mike Boone
  • DB P.J. Locke
  • WR Seth Williams
  • NT Mike Purcell
  • OLB Andre Mintze
  • WR Tim Patrick
  • T Calvin Anderson
  • S Caden Sterns
  • CB Bryce Callahan
  • CB Mike Ford
  • T Bobby Massie
  • OLB Stephen Weatherly

Detroit Lions (16 players)

  • DB Jalen Elliott
  • DB Nickell Robey-Coleman
  • LB Alex Anzalone
  • WR Quintez Cephus
  • DB Corey Ballentine
  • LB Tavante Beckett
  • DB Ifeatu Melifonwu
  • DB Tracy Walker
  • DB Bobby Price
  • WR Josh Reynolds
  • QB Steven Montez
  • TE Brock Wright
  • DE Michael Brockers
  • G Halapoulivaati Vaitai
  • WR Geronimo Allison
  • WR Kalif Raymond

Green Bay Packers (11 players)

  • G Ben Braden
  • LB Tipa Galeai
  • WR Amari Rodgers
  • LB Ty Summers
  • DL R.J. McIntosh
  • LB Oren Burks
  • TE Marcedes Lewis
  • S Henry Black
  • P Corey Bojorquez
  • TE Tyler Davis
  • DL Kingsley Keke

Houston Texans (10 players)

  • DE DeMarcus Walker
  • DT Malick Collins
  • DB Cre’Von LeBlanc
  • T Tytus Howard
  • DB Lonnie Johnson
  • RB David Johnson
  • FB Paul Quessenberry
  • DL Ron’Dell Carter
  • WR Chris Moore
  • WR Danny Amendola

Indianapolis Colts (nine players)

  • QB Carson Wentz
  • S Jahleel Addae
  • CB T.J. Carrie
  • LB Malik Jefferson
  • RB Marlon Mack
  • T Braden Smith
  • CB Chris Wilcox
  • QB James Morgan
  • TE Eli Wolf

Jacksonville Jaguars (23 players)

  • DE Josh Allen
  • OL Ben Bartch
  • WR Laviska Shenault
  • TE Dan Arnold
  • DT Malcom Brown
  • DE/OLB K’Lavon Chaisson
  • OL Brandon Linder
  • TE Luke Farrell
  • DT DaVon Hamilton
  • TE Chris Manhertz
  • DE/OLB Lerentee McCray
  • OL Andrew Norwell
  • DL Jihad Ward
  • OL Jared Hocker
  • TE Jacob Hollister
  • DT Jay Tufele
  • LB Damien Wilson
  • OL Cam Robinson
  • WR Jaydon Mickens
  • LB Dylan Moses
  • S Rudy Ford
  • S Andrew Wingard
  • RB BJ Emmons

Kansas City Chiefs (nine players)

  • TE Travis Kelce
  • K Harrison Butker
  • TE Joe Fortson
  • CB Rashad Fenton
  • P Tommy Townsend
  • LB Nick Bolton
  • OT Lucas Niang
  • OLB Kyle Long
  • S Armani Watts

Las Vegas Raiders (seven players)

  • DB Nate Hobbs
  • DB Trayvon Mullen
  • LB Will Compton
  • DT Kendal Vickers
  • TE Darren Waller
  • DE Carl Nassib
  • G Jordan Simmons

Los Angeles Chargers (12 players)

  • LT Rashawn Slater
  • G/C Scott Quessenberry
  • LB Joey Bosa
  • DB Tevaughn Campbell
  • DB Kemon Hall
  • C Corey Linsley
  • DB Trey Marshall
  • WR Andre Roberts
  • LB Chris Rumph
  • DB Chris Harris Jr. 
  • CB Michael Davis
  • S Nasir Adderley

Los Angeles Rams (two players)

  • LB Justin Lawler
  • RB Raymond Calais

Miami Dolphins (seven players)

  • G Solomon Kindley
  • WR Albert Wilson
  • RB Lynn Bowden
  • DL Adam Butler
  • DT John Jenkins
  • S Brandon Jones
  • WR Preston Williams

Minnesota Vikings (four players)

  • G Olisaemeka Udoh
  • DE Patrick Jones II
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • QB Kirk Cousins

New England Patriots (six players)

  • OT Yasir Durant
  • LB Harvey Langi
  • LB Cameron McGrone
  • DE Ronnie Perkins
  • RB Rhamondre Stevenson
  • DL Deatrich Wise

New Orleans Saints (20 players)

  • G James Carpenter
  • LB Kaden Elliss
  • DB Jeff Heath
  • DB Malcom Jenkins
  • T Jordan Mills
  • DT Christian Ringo 
  • LB Demario Davis
  • OT Ryan Ramczyk
  • TE Adam Trautman
  • TE Juwan Johnson
  • S J.T. Gray
  • RB Dwayne Washington
  • DE Carl Granderson
  • DE Jalyn Holmes
  • WR Deonte Harris
  • DT Malcolm Roach
  • OT Jerald Hawkins
  • CB KeiVarae Russell
  • LB Kwon Alexander
  • S Marcus Williams

New York Giants (nine players)

  • LB Oshane Ximines
  • QB Daniel Jones
  • WR Sterling Shepard
  • DB Julian Love
  • DT Danny Shelton
  • DL Dexter Lawrence
  • OT Korey Cunningham
  • WR Darius Slayton
  • LB Omari Cobb

New York Jets (five players)

  • WR Elijah Moore
  • DB Sharrod Neasman
  • DL Quinnen Williams
  • DL Ryan Griffin
  • WR Vyncint Smith

Philadelphia Eagles (five players)

  • G Landon Dickerson
  • DE Derek Barnett
  • CB Andre Chachere
  • TE Noah Togiai
  • WR John Hightower

Pittsburgh Steelers (seven players)

  • DE Montravius Adams
  • DB Linden Stephens
  • RB Anthony McFarland
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • S Karl Joseph
  • WR Tyler Vaughns
  • DB Arthur Maulet

Seattle Seahawks (three players)

  • DE L.J. Collier
  • CB Bless Austin
  • LG Damien Lewis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (four players, head coach)

  • WR Jaelon Darden
  • WR Mike Evans
  • HC Bruce Arians
  • CB Jamel Dean
  • CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Tennessee Titans (seven players)

  • T Kendall Lamm
  • WR Julio Jones
  • WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
  • LB Bud Dupree
  • DB Buster Skrine
  • DL Denico Autry
  • LB Jayon Brown

Washington Football Team (16 players)

  • QB Kyle Allen
  • DT Matt Ioannidis
  • S Darrick Forrest
  • OT Cornelius Lucas
  • DE William Bradley-King
  • DB Kendall Fuller
  • RB Wendell Smallwood
  • DB Kamren Curl
  • LB Khaleke Hudson
  • K Joey Slye
  • C/G Beau Benzschawel
  • CB Darryl Roberts
  • T David Steinmetz
  • P Tress Way
  • T Sam Cosmi
  • QB Kyle Shurmur

MORE: New NFL COVID protocols, explained

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.

MORE: NFL players sound off on postponements amid COVID outbreak

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.” The Broncos were the best example of that principle in action. They had to play with practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton as their quarterback after their QB room was exposed to the virus.

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

No, it’s not planning to add an extra week to the schedule. 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.

Jake Aferiat contributed to this article.



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