Latest players testing positive, team news

December 15, 2021
Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen (8) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md.


The NFL is dealing with a spike of COVID-19 cases throughout the league.

Dozens of players tested positive on both Monday and Tuesday, and more are headed to the COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday. Seven teams – the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Football Team – are all in advanced COVID-19 protocols as of Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

USA TODAY Sports will provide the latest COVID-19 updates from around the league, so check back throughout the day for more news on players and coaches who have tested positive or been added to the reserve list.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield, coach Kevin Stefanski test positive for COVID-19 as six players go to reserve list

For the second consecutive day, the Cleveland Browns are dealing with a rash of COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, both starting quarterback Baker Mayfield and coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive, putting their status for Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders in jeopardy. 

“I’m kind of keeping the focus on today. We have a game at 4:30 on Saturday, unless someone tells me otherwise,” Stefanski said in a news conference. “And, really, we just have to focus on what we need to do to prepare. And that’s our full expectation, is to get out there with our guys Saturday and go find a way.”

The Browns also placed cornerback Troy Hill, safety John Johnson III, defensive tackle Malik McDowell and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo on the COVID-19 list. After placing eight players on the list on Tuesday, Cleveland now has 18 players (including the practice squad) on the list.

Washington Football Team places seven more players on COVID-19 reserve list

Washington is not far behind Cleveland with 17 players on the COVID-19 reserve list after seven more were added on Wednesday.

Quarterback Kyle Allen, linebacker Milo Eifler, safety Darrick Forrest, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, tight end Sammis Reyes and wide receiver Cam Sims all were the latest to join the list. 

Allen’s status could be particularly meaningful for Washington, as he took over when starter Taylor Heinicke suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington faces the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

New York Giants have two players test positive for COVID-19

Wide receiver John Ross and linebacker Oshane Ximines are both headed to the COVID-19 list after testing positive, coach Joe Judge said Wendesday.

Ross and Ximines join wide receiver Kadarius Toney and offensive lineman Wes Martin on the list.

Quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski also tested positive on Monday.


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