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The COVID-19 situation in the National Football League is getting worse by the day.

Three NFL teams now have more than 20 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster.

The Cleveland Browns added alternate quarterback Case Keenum and four defensive players to the roster on Thursday, giving them a total of 21 heading into Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Keenum joins fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield, who tweeted his frustration with the NFL’s updated COVID protocols, on the Cleveland roster, leaving third stringer Nick Mullens as a projected starter under center against Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams’ COVID roster boasts up to 25 players after star rusher Von Miller and eight others were added to it days before their NFC West showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.

And the Washington football team, which is gearing up for a huge NFC East clash with the Philadelphia Eagles, made three more COVID roster additions on Thursday, bringing their total to 21.

The Rams, Browns and the soccer team aren’t the only teams dealing with COVID issues, either, as three others – the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons – are on improved protocols. The Miami Dolphins voluntarily entered enhanced protocols on Thursday as their COVID roster increased to five players.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, at least two teams in improved protocols, the Browns and the football team, initially tried not to test vaccinated and asymptomatic players until the NFLPA intervened.

Florio also reported that the NFLPA was “aggressively pushing” to have the Browns-Raiders game postponed. However, according to Florio, the league has said that a postponement of this game will not take place.

But what if some of those COVID rosters continue to grow over the next two days to the point where teams are unable to field a roster large enough for game days? Here’s a look at the Week 15 games that could be at risk due to the increase in COVID-19:

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns

In addition to losing their two best quarterbacks, the Browns could be without several other key players and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who has tested positive, when they host the Raiders at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Browns currently have five attacking starters and four defensive starters on the COVID roster:

  • S Grant Delpit
  • OG Drew Forbes
  • P Jamie Gillan
  • CB AJ Green
  • Ronnie harrison
  • CB Troy Hill
  • TE Austin Hooper
  • John johnson iii
  • QB Case Keenum
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • QB Baker Mayfield
  • DT Malik McDowell
  • BY Takkarist McKinley
  • DB Nate Meadors (practice team)
  • WR JoJo Natson (practice team)
  • BY Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • LB Jacob Phillips
  • OG Wyatt Teller
  • TE Ross Travis (training team)
  • LB Anthony Walker
  • OT Jedrick Wills Jr.

Updated protocols from the NFL will make it easier for vaccinated and asymptomatic people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to clear quarantine. Under the old rules, a person had to return two negative test results 24 hours apart, or miss at least 10 days, in order to return to their team. Now, a person can come back if they do any of the following:

  • Have two PCR tests that are either negative or produce a CT (cycle threshold) value of at least 35
  • Have a negative PCR test or produce a CT value of at least 35 and have a negative Mesa test (the Mesa test must be performed within 24 hours of the PCR test)
  • Have two negative Mesa tests

Unvaccinated people who test positive should always be quarantined for at least 10 days.

Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Washington will travel to South Philadelphia for a showdown with the Eagles at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The football team may have to try and slow Jalen Hurts (or Gardner Minshew) and the Eagles offense down five starters in defense due to COVID. Washington also has two starters along the offensive line, Tyler Larsen and Cornelius Lucas, on the COVID list:

  • DT Jonathan Allen
  • QB Kyle Allen
  • Troy apke
  • BY Will Bradley-King
  • S Kamren Curl
  • LB Milo Eifler
  • Darrick forrest
  • CB Kendall Fuller
  • TE Temarrick Hemingway
  • LB Khaleke Hudson
  • DT Matt Ioannidis
  • C Keith Ishmael
  • Tyler Larsen
  • OT Cornelius Lucas
  • LB David Mayo
  • TE Sammis Reyes
  • DT Tim Adjust
  • WR Cam Sims
  • BY James Smith-Williams
  • Sweatshirt DE Montez
  • BY Casey Toohill

Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams now have three high-profile players on the COVID roster in Miller, Jalen Ramsey and Odell Bekcham Jr. Four other Rams starters could also be sidelined due to COVID when they host the Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday :

  • OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr.
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  • LB Antoine Brooks Jr.
  • S Terrell Burgess
  • CB Dont’e Deayon
  • OT Bobby Evans
  • S Jordan Fuller
  • Jake gervase
  • CB Tyler Hall (practice team)
  • OT Rob Havenstein
  • RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
  • LB Justin Hollins
  • TE Brycen Hopkins
  • S JuJu Hughes
  • OT AJ Jackson
  • DT Sébastien Joseph-Day
  • LB Von Miller
  • TE Johnny Mundt
  • LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
  • CB Kareem Orr (training team)
  • TE Jared Pinkney
  • CB Jalen Ramsey
  • LB Troy Reeder
  • LB Christian Rozeboom (training team)
  • BY Jonah Williams (training team)

The Seahawks, meanwhile, could do without WR Tyler Lockett and RB Alex Collins due to COVID-19.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

The Bears added Allen Robinson, Eddie Jackson and four others to the COVID roster on Thursday. Chicago now has 12 players sidelined with the virus ahead of Monday night’s game with the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

The Vikings were also on improved protocols earlier in the week, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday they were out of them. Minnesota still has six players on the COVID list.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s COVID list:

  • OT Larry Borom
  • CB Artie Burns
  • WR Isaiah Coulter
  • BY Mario Edwards Jr.
  • DT Eddie Goldman
  • LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • Eddie jackson
  • TE Jesse James
  • LB Sam Kamara
  • Rb ryan nall
  • WR Allen Robinson
  • OT Elijah Wilkinson


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