Here’s How Joe Flacco Could Return From Reserve/COVID-19 List To Back Up Zach Wilson By Sunday’s Game In Houston
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Josh Johnson will most likely remain the backup instead of the former Super Bowl MVP, but Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he won’t close the door on Flacco. Johnson has already been taken out of the practice squad twice this season, the league limit, but in COVID-19 related situations, the calls are unlimited.
This is what needs to happen for Flacco to qualify:
Ever since Mike White was the one who tested positive for COVID-19 and Flacco was considered close contact, he was able to return in time.
Flacco must quarantine for five days after his last contact with White and test negative every day. Sunday marks day six. The testing requirements are no different from Flacco’s typical weekly routine because: unvaccinated players in the competition must be tested every day to pass.
“Because of the holidays and all those things, there is still a chance he can travel, there are a lot of rules with COVID. So there’s a possibility he’ll be there on Sunday,” Saleh said. “We’ll roll with Josh unless something else happens this holiday season.”
Heading into Thanksgiving, the NFL is ramping up its COVID-19 protocols as cases begin to climb again in the league and country. The league released a memo to all 32 teams on November 16 outlining the updates. The NFL hosted a virtual media briefing the next day.
According to Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Office, made the updates after the NFL saw its highest number of new positive COVID cases this season. The numbers, he said, reflect what’s going on in the communities of surrounding teams. There were more positives in parts of the country where the number of cases is increasing.
Teams have also been encouraged to offer testing for friends and family visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday and additional testing will be given next week. There will also be a mandatory seven day mask period in the club facilities for all staff involved at all times.
“While last week saw the greatest number of cases increasing for us, we still feel that overall that is lower than what we see in society and again, I think we are clearly seeing the positive benefits of vaccines in our population, Sils said. “What I mean by that is the following – because we have such a heavily vaccinated population of players, coaches and staff – first of all, we see fewer cases than we would otherwise see. Second, those who do test positive have a shorter disease duration and “It’s usually a milder disease. And third, we’re not seeing the kind of uncontrolled spread we saw last year when we had a case in the building, despite not using masks and distancing ourselves from vaccinated people.”
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