Six players have been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
As expected, it didn’t take long for the NFL‘s first positive coronavirus tests to show up.
According to NFL Network and NFL.com correspondent Tom Pelissero, six NFL players have been placed on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
The six players are defensive back Nigel Warrior of the Baltimore Ravens, defensive end Kendall Futrell of the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Dontrell Hilliard and defensive back Jovante Moffatt of the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson of the Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Aleva Hifo of the Kansas City Chiefs.
These six players are the first to land on this new reserve/COVID-19 list, which indicates they have either tested positive for coronavirus or been in close contact with an infected person.
Expect more prominent names to join these six NFL players on the list soon.
As Pelissero notes, more names will soon join this list as NFL veterans report to training camp starting on Tuesday. This is just the new reality for the league and for American sports leagues in general. Even the NBA — which set up its bubble as a prime example of how to safely bring back sports in the United States — had to keep several players out of Orlando after they tested positive for coronavirus.
Nigel Warrior, a senior from Tennessee, went undrafted in the 2020 draft before signing with the Ravens. Kendall Futrell, another undrafted player out of East Carolina, signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent.
Dontrell Hilliard went undrafted in 2018 before signing with Cleveland, where he’s played sparingly over the last two seasons. In 14 games over that time, he’s rushed for two touchdowns and hauled in 18 receptions for 187 yards.
Jovante Moffatt (Middle Tennessee State), Jon’Vea Johnson (Toledo) and Aleva Hifo (BYO) were also undrafted free agents that signed on with their respective teams.