The Jacksonville Jaguars have put 12 of their practice players on the reserve / COVID-19 list before taking on the Detroit Lions Sunday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The #Jaguars put 12 of their 16 practice players per source on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
This is a proximity issue with contact tracing. So far it has been known that only the one player the team announced this morning tested positive.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2020
While there has only been one confirmed positive case so far, the attempt to quarantine the dozen Jaguar players is a precaution that has been taken due to the team’s contact tracing procedures. While the identity of the player who tested positive has not yet been determined, there is enough belief within the organization that testing positive will not affect the scheduled game, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.
Although the jaguars closed their exercise facility on Saturday afternoon, the team has carefully followed NFL guidelines designed to reduce the risk of possible spread between exercise group and active roster by keeping the two groups separate during all activities.
According to the guidelines agreed between the NFL and the Players’ Association, players who have been in permanent close contact with someone who tests positive must meet the following criteria before being declared eligible for return:
- Get a second negative test within 24 hours of the first negative test.
- Be exposed to increased symptom monitoring;
- Do daily virus tests for eight days.
- Subject to a regular testing schedule thereafter
The positive test marks the organization’s second this season after Ryquell Armstead traced the case in early September. Despite being the only player to test positive at the time for the second straight year, he has yet to qualify for the franchise this season due to ongoing issues related to the virus, according to Pro Football Talk.