As players begin reporting to their respective facilities for the first round of Coronavirus testing, the NFL has begun sending positive cases or those who had been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to the new Reserve/Covid-19 list: per the NFL’s official transactions wire, six players on five different teams were moved there over the weekend.
- DB Nigel Warrior, Baltimore Ravens
- DE Kendall Futrell, Cincinnati Bengals
- RB Dontrell Hilliard, Cleveland Browns
- DB Jovante Moffatt, Cleveland Browns
- WR Jon’Vea Johnson, Dallas Cowboys
- WR Aleva Hifo, Kansas City Chiefs
Of the six players to join Reserve/Covid-19, only one — Browns running back Dontrell Hilliard — has yet appeared in an NFL game. Their return off the list, meanwhile, will be decided by medical clearance and whether or not they have tested positively or merely been in contact with a person that had contracted the Coronavirus.
Players who test positive will have to wait at least 10 days for a return, with the exact timeline depending on symptoms being developed or not. Those who have been in contact with Coronavirus-positive persons will have to go the following road:
The NFL last night sent to clubs COVID-19 protocols for 2020 training camp and preseason, including this detailed breakdown for handling individuals exposed to someone who tested positive: pic.twitter.com/bX7aQzMZTZ— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 4, 2020
Either way, players will have to pass two positive tests in order to be allowed to enter facilities and begin participating in training camp. The New England Patriots will start this process on Monday, with quarterbacks and rookies arriving at Gillette Stadium.