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All the NFL Players on COVID Lists Ahead of Week 15 & How League’s New Rules Affect Availability

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in NFL Football

Dec 18, 2021 · 11:15 AM PST

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Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • The NFL has enacted stricter COVID-19 protocols in the wake of outbreaks around the league
  • Raiders-Browns, Eagles-Washington and Seahawks-Rams have been rescheduled
  • A list of all the NFL players on the COVID List can be found below

In the wake of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the United States and rapid spread of the omicron variant, the NFL has updated its protocols – and rescheduled games.

The Las Vegas Raiders’ game at the Cleveland Browns originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET. Two of Sunday’s scheduled games – the Washington Football Team at the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Rams – have been rescheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET

The list of players who have been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list has continued to rise all week.

NFL Players on COVID List for Week 15

Team Player
Arizona Cardinals C Rodney Hudson
Atlanta Falcons OLB Emmanuel Ellerbe
Baltimore Ravens C Trystan Colon
Baltimore Ravens S Chuck Clark
Buffalo Bills OT Dion Dawkins
Buffalo Bills LB Tyrel Dodson
Carolina Panthers QB Matt Barkley
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey
Chicago Bears OL Larry Borom
Chicago Bears CB Artie Burns
Chicago Bears WR Isaiah Coulter
Chicago Bears QB Andy Dalton
Chicago Bears DL Mario Edwards Jr.
Chicago Bears DL Eddie Goldman
Chicago Bears LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
Chicago Bears DB Eddie Jackson
Chicago Bears TE Jesse James
Chicago Bears LB Sam Kamara
Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson II
Chicago Bears DB Duke Shelley
Cincinnati Bengals LB Clay Johnston
Cincinnati Bengals CB Chidobe Awuzie
Cleveland Browns S Grant Delpit
Cleveland Browns LB Tony Fields II
Cleveland Browns G Drew Forbes
Cleveland Browns P Jamie Gillan
Cleveland Browns CB C.J. Green
Cleveland Browns S Ronnie Harrison Jr.
Cleveland Browns CB Troy Hill
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt
Cleveland Browns S John Johnson III
Cleveland Browns QB Case Keenum
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield
Cleveland Browns DT Malik McDowell
Cleveland Browns DE Takkarist McKinley
Cleveland Browns DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
Cleveland Browns LB Jacob Phillips
Cleveland Browns G Wyatt Teller
Cleveland Browns OT Jedrick Wills
Cleveland Browns LB Mack Wilson
Dallas Cowboys CB Nahshon Wright
Denver Broncos RB Mike Boone
Denver Broncos S P.J. Locke
Denver Broncos OLB Malik Reed
Detroit Lions DB Jalen Elliott
Detroit Lions TE TJ Hockenson
Green Bay Packers NT Kenny Clark
Houston Texans C Justin McCray
Houston Texans LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
Houston Texans LB Christian Kirksey
Houston Texans DB A.J. Moore
Houston Texans DE DeMarcus Walker
Houston Texans DB Terrance Brooks
Houston Texans DB Terrance Mitchell
Indianapolis Colts LB Zaire Franklin
Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones
Los Angeles Chargers OL Scott Quessenberry
Los Angeles Chargers OL Rashawn Slater
Los Angeles Rams OT Tremayne Anchrum Jr.
Los Angeles Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Los Angeles Rams Antoine Brooks Jr.
Los Angeles Rams DB Terrell Burgess
Los Angeles Rams DB Dont’e Deayon
Los Angeles Rams OL Jamil; Demby
Los Angeles Rams G Bobby Evans
Los Angeles Rams S Jordan Fuller
Los Angeles Rams CB Jake Gervase
Los Angeles Rams OT Rob Havenstein
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
Los Angeles Rams LB Justin Hollins
Los Angeles Rams TE Brycen Hopkins
Los Angeles Rams DB JuJu Hughes
Los Angeles Rams OT AJ Jackson
Los Angeles Rams NT Sebastian Joseph-Day
Los Angeles Rams LB Von Miller
Los Angeles Rams TE Johnny Mundt
Los Angeles Rams LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Los Angeles Rams DB Kareen Orr
Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey
Los Angeles Rams LB Troy Reeder
Los Angeles Rams LB Christian Rozeboom
Miami Dolphins S Jevon Holland
Miami Dolphins RB Phillip Lindsay
Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle
Minnesota Vikings WR Dan Chisena
Minnesota Vikings G Kyle Hinton
Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter
Minnesota Vikings WR Trishton Jackson
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison
Minnesota Vikings RB A.J. Rose Jr.
Minnesota Vikings WR Dede Westbrook
New York Giants LB Cam Brown
New York Giants DB Adoree’ Jackson
New York Giants DB Natrell Jamerson
New York Giants DB J.R. Reed
New York Giants CB Aaron Robinson
New York Giants WR John Ross
New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney
New York Giants LB Oshane Ximines
New York Jets DB Justin Hardee
New York Jets WR Elijah Moore
New York Jets LB Hamsah Nasirildeen
New York Jets WR Jeff Smith
New York Jets QB Mike White
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jason Huntley
Philadelphia Eagles WR Quez Watkins
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Montravius Adams
Seattle Seahawks RB Alex Collins
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
Tennessee Titans S Jamal Carter
Tennessee Titans WR Dez Fitzpatrick
Washington Football Team DT Jonathan Allen
Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen
Washington Football Team DB Troy Apke
Washington Football Team DE William Bradley-King
Washington Football Team CB Kamren Curl
Washington Football Team LB Milo Eifler
Washington Football Team S Darrick Forrest
Washington Football Team DB Kendall Fuller
Washington Football Team QB Taylor Heinicke
Washington Football Team TE Temarrick Hemingway
Washington Football Team LB Khaleke Hudson
Washington Football Team DT Matt Ioannidis
Washington Football Team C Keith Ismael
Washington Football Team C Tyler Larsen
Washington Football Team OT Cornelius Lucas
Washington Football Team LB David Mayo
Washington Football Team TE Sammis Reyes
Washington Football Team DT Tim Settle
Washington Football Team WR Cam Smith
Washington Football Team RB Wendell Smallwood
Washington Football Team DE James Smith-Williams
Washington Football Team DE Montez Sweat
Washington Football Team DE Casey Toohill
Washington Football Team DT Daniel Wise

NFL COVID Protocol Changes

The NFL is now requiring all team personnel, including players, to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.


The league is also requiring teams to hold meetings either remotely or in an outdoor setting, In-person meals have been stopped while restrictions have been added on activities outside team facilities, prohibiting outside visitors during team travel and limiting the amount of people in team weight rooms.

The updated protocols will be enforced through this week’s games. However, they are expected to continue and possibly be strengthened beyond that point.

Some Good News

On the bright side of the matter, the NFL and NFL Players Association, who are being advised by independent infectious disease experts, have developed a mechanism in the protocols that could lead to shorter stints on the sidelines for player testing positive.

Previously, a vaccinated player who tests positive must had to have two negative tests 24 hours apart and be asymptomatic before being cleared to return.

The new protocols relax that requirement a bit, allowing for two PCR tests or two Mesa tests — or one of each — being negative. The logistics for that could speed up the return of sidelined players.

Three Games Affected

As mentioned above, three games have been affected by the coronavirus.

That comes after the NFL played all games as scheduled through the first 14 weeks of the 2021 season. Every game was also played last season but 15 had to be rescheduled because of COVID-19 issues.


The Browns-Raiders game will be televised by NFL Network on Monday. The league rescheduled the game because of a coronavirus outbreak with the Browns.

If the game had not been changed, the Browns would have been without coach Kevin Stefanski, quarterback Baker Mayfield, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and at least a dozen regulars.

Mayfield isn’t happy with the league, though.

The Browns could have their coach and all or at least most of the players back by Monday, dependent of course on test results.

The Browns opened as a 5.5-point favorites but that line has dropped to 2.5 points.

Washington has 21 players, including 17 on the active roster, on the COVID-19 list ahead of the Football Team’s game against the Eagles. Among them are starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen.

Heinicke and Allen could still play if they pass two tests this weekend and remains asymptomatic.

Heinicke got banged up in last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys but still found time to straighten up the place.

Practice squad quarterback Kyle Shurmur would be in line to start if neither Heinicke nor Allen is available. The son of Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.

The defense could be missing tackles Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis, edge rushers Montez Sweat and James-Smith Williams and safety Kamren Curl.

The Eagles are seven-point favorites after opening as 3.5-point picks.

The Rams’ COVID list was up to as many as 25 players earlier in the week. While that number has dropped slightly, many key players are still on it.

Defensive back Jalen Ramsey heads a list that also includes linebackers Von Miller and Troy Reeder, wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., running back Darrell Henderson, safety Jordan Fuller and offensive tackle Rob Haverstein.

The line has only moved slightly in the Rams-Seahawks game, though, from 6.5 points to 5.5.

Other Games Affected

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton could miss Sunday night’s game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Payton is still in isolation, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will assume head coaching duties.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson III, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and cornerback Artie Burns are on the COVID list for the Chicago Bears ahead of their game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. The Bears could also be without all three coordinators.

The Buffalo Bills could be without offensive tackle Dion Dawkins on Sunday when they host the Carolina Panthers.

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