NFL COVID-19 tracker week 18: Justin Fields, Diontae Johnson among more than 75 players on COVID list

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the NFL season. There were 521 players placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster from December 1 to 27, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, and 476 of them arrived on or after December 13. (For context, 428 players went to the COVID reserve all last season, from September 1 to Super Bowl LV).

But since the NFL and NFLPA adopted new COVID protocols on December 28 – reducing the mandatory quarantine for positive players from 10 to five days – the number of players in the COVID pool has declined from more than 230 on weekdays. last less than 85 as of Thursday afternoon.

That’s not to say every team will avoid COVID-related disruption as the NFL enters the final week of the regular season and then prepares for the playoffs. On Monday, several Eagles starters were among the 12 players placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. On Tuesday, the Bengals added four players, including Pro Bowl rusher Trey Hendrickson. But under the new rules, all of those players will be able to come back for their team’s game this weekend (if they’re healthy).

Some of the biggest names to enter the COVID reserve this week came on Wednesday, when the Bengals added Pro Bowl running back Joe Mixon, the Steelers added veteran corner Joe Haden and the Cowboys added the rookie phenomenon. Micah Parsons. Mixon will be out on Sunday against the Browns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, as will Parsons for Saturday night’s game against the Eagles, according to head coach Mike McCarthy Haden is unknown for Pittsburgh’s showdown with the Ravens, but the The Steelers could really use it back as he tries to advance to the playoffs with a win over his rival and an outside assist.

The Cowboys and Steelers each lost two more starters to COVID on Thursday, with cornerback Anthony Brown and Tyron Smith on the roster for Dallas and wide receiver Diontae Johnson and rookie center Kendrick Green for Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, quarterback Justin Fields was supposed to return to the starting lineup after a two-game injury absence, but he landed on the COVID reserve on Thursday, likely ending his rookie campaign.

Here’s an updated look at each team’s current COVID-19 situation as Week 18 approaches, specifically which players are in the COVID pool:

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(To note: This list does not include players from the training team or injured reserve.)

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