One day following an unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak across parts of the NFL, the league is looking at some more troubling numbers on Tuesday.
Through 14 weeks of play, the NFL has avoided schedule disruptions related to the pandemic. Unvaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate away from their teams for a minimum of 10 days. Vaccinated players can be cleared to return to in-person work if they produce two negative tests at least 24 hours apart and remain asymptomatic for at least 48 hours.
On Tuesday alone, eight players from the Cleveland Browns were placed on a reserve/COVID-19 list. Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones was put in the COVID-19 protocol, and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey tested positive for the virus as well.
Week 15 of the NFL season is scheduled to kick off in just over 48 hours with “Thursday Night Football” between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.