The Buffalo Bills are getting some key players back in the fold as they prepare to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and complete the final two weeks of the regular season. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have activated COVID-19 roster Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis with offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and defensive end AJ Epenesa.
It comes on the heels of the NFL and NFLPA who agreed to revise their COVID-19 protocols on Tuesday to keep up with the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, people – regardless of their vaccination status – will only have to isolate themselves for five days after a positive test, as long as they are asymptomatic. Previously, unvaccinated players who tested positive for COVID-19 were forced to self-quarantine for 10 days.
The change has a direct impact on players like Beasley and Davis, who were initially scheduled to miss the full 10 days due to their unvaccinated status and positive tests that forced them to miss last week’s victory in New England.
With the win at Foxborough, the Bills are now in control of their own destiny to win the AFC East for the second season in a row, so bringing pass catchers like Beasley and Davis back into the offensive at this critical time of year is everything. a bonus. .
This protocol update could also take into account other situations around the NFL. Unvaccinated Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is currently on the reserve / COVID-19 list. While he would have been forced to miss week 17 under previous protocols, he now has a chance to drop off the reserve list as long as he remains asymptomatic.
Just a few weeks ago, the NFL and NFLPA made further updates to their protocols that allow vaccinated players to return the day after recording a positive test, provided they respond. to certain criteria.