NFL COVID Report: How Positive Tests Impact Monday, Tuesday Night Football

Written By Eli Hershkovich on December 19, 2021 - Last Updated on December 21, 2021
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The NFL COVID-19 list is at record levels, and TheLines is breaking down all of the notable players (as of Wednesday, Dec. 15) who’ve tested positive and noting how it’s affected the betting market’s perception of their Week 15 matchups.

As of Friday 5 p.m. ET, 151 players tested positive for COVID-19. That’s about 6% of the league. The players listed below are starters/first-string players, unless otherwise noted.

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New NFL COVID-19 Testing Protocols

The league sent out a memo Saturday afternoon with new COVID-19 protocols. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported:

  • Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic players and staff won’t have to test weekly anymore
  • “Targeted testing” now, meaning symptomatic individuals.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must still test daily

NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted these new protocols do not change the status of those currently on the COVID-19 list.

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns

Browns:

  • HC Kevin Stefanski
  • QB Baker Mayfield
  • QB Case Keenum (second string)
  • RB Kareem Hunt
  • G Brandon Scherff
  • T Jedrick Wills
  • T James Hudson
  • TE Austin Hooper
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • DT Malik Jackson
  • DT Malik McDowell
  • DE Jadeveon Clowney
  • S Ronnie Harrison
  • S Grant Delpit (second string)
  • CB Troy Hill (second string)
  • CB A.J. Green (third string)

Raiders:

  • CB Nate Hobbs

Spread: After Cleveland opened as a 6.5-point favorite, the market quickly came in on Las Vegas over the last two days. The Raiders are now  with Nick Mullins getting the nod as the Browns’ signal caller. As of Friday, Stefanski’s team had 21 total players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • Update: This game will be played on 5 p.m. ET Monday, but only S John Johnson III and G Wyatt Teller came off the COIVD list in time.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Bears:

  • OC Bill Lazor, DC Sean Desai
  • WR Allen Robinson
  • TE Jesse James (third string)
  • RT Larry Borom
  • S Eddie Jackson
  • S Tashaun Gipson Sr.
  • LB Joey Iyiegbuniwe (second string)
  • CB Artie Burns
  • CB Jaylon Johnson
  • DL Mario Edwards (second string)
  • QB Andy Dalton (second string)

Vikings:

  • RB Alexander Mattison (second string)
  • WR DeDe Westbrook (second string)

Spread: We’ve seen this line flex back and forth between Vikings -4.5 and .

  • Update: The Bears activated NT Eddie Goldman from the COVID-19 list Saturday.

Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams

Rams:

  • TE Tyler Higbee
  • RT Rob Havenstein
  • OL Alaric Jackson (second string)
  • LB Troy Reeder
  • S Jordan Fuller
  • CB Tyrell Burgess (second string)

Seahawks:

  • WR Tyler Lockett
  • RB Alex Collins (second string)
  • CB D.J. Reed
  • T Brandon Shell

Spread: Henderson could still be on the field for this NFC West affair, but the market is buying into Seattle ( and even lower) after Los Angeles opened as a seven-point favorite. As of Friday, Los Angeles had 21 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • Update: This game will be played on Tuesday. – The Rams have activated CB Jalen Ramsey, WR Odell Beckham, DB Dont’e Deayon, OLB Von Miller, RB Darrell Henderson, LB Justin Hollins, TE Brycen Hopkins and T Alaric Jackson off the COVID list.

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles:

  • WR Quez Watkins

Football Team:

  • QB Taylor Heinike (COVID-19/knee)
  • QB Kyle Allen (second string)
  • C Tyler Larsen
  • RT Cornelius Lucas
  • CB Kendall Fuller
  • S Kamren Curl
  • Seven members of the coaching staff, including the DL, WR, RB and DB coaches

Spread: Philadelphia has shot up to after opening at -3.5, and Washington’s offense could be a mess with Garrett Gilbert under center. As of Friday, Washington had 20 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • Update: This game will be played on Tuesday, which could allow numerous members of the Football Team to return. WFT activated four DL off the COVID-19 list Saturday: DT Jonathan Allen, DE James Smith-Williams, DE Montez Sweat and DE Casey Toohill. On Sunday, WR Cam Sims was also removed, but niether QB has cleared yet.
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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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