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51 more NFL players placed on COVID-19 list amid growing outbreak

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Week 15 of the NFL season wraps up Monday and Tuesday with three of the four games taking place after postponemnets due to COVID-19.

It’s been a widespread outbreak of the virus among pretty much every team in the league, and has forced the NFL to change its policies to take into account those both vaccinated and boosted from the virus.

In the daily release of transactions on Monday, the NFL announced 51 more positive COVID-19 tests among players. It represents a single-day high, which was previously broken last week with 37 positives in one day.

Among the biggest names added to the reserve/COVID-19 list is Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce. As a vaccinated player, the Pro Bowler still has a chance to play Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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51 more NFL players test positive for COVID-19

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The list of notable individuals is not limited to the aforementioned Kelce. Let’s look at some others who could potentially miss some time. It’s also important to note that the Los Angeles Chargers have already ruled star edge rusher Joey Bosa out for its upcoming game against the Houston Texans. He is not vaccinated.

  • Justin Houston, Baltimore Ravens
  • Jimmy Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  • Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens
  • Tashaun Gipson, Chicago Bears
  • Jaylon Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • Jadeveon Clowney, Cleveland Browns
  • Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
  • Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Trayvon Mullen, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots
  • Landon Dickerson, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks
  • D.J. Reed, Seattle Seahawks
  • Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team

The NFL is doing its best to play a full 18-week schedule without having to extend the regular season an extra week. That would obviously impact the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl.

Right now, things appear to be trending in a decent direction from that general perspective despite the continued outbreak of COVID-19 around the league.

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