The Washington Football Team (6-7) already had a bad Sunday. Now the WFT COVID-19 report just grew two sizes bigger.
Washington reported Monday WFT Defensive Tackle Johnathan Allen and Linebacker David Mayo are now on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the result of testing positive. Both men are a devastating loss to the Washington defense, Allen being the biggest blow of the two. Allen rounds out the league’s top 20 leaders in sacks, averaging 7.5 and has 24 solo tackles on the year. They now join 11 other defensive players out due to injury or positive COVID-19 tests. Will Mayo’s numbers are not as high (averaging 1 tackle a game), but the Football Team needs every healthy body right now.
They’re not alone. According to NFL.com, 36 NFL Players across the league placed on reserve/COVID-19 list Monday (via NFL.com)
ESPN reported Tuesday WFT Head Coach Ron Rivera remains optimistic. “I wouldn’t say it’s insurmountable, but it will test your depth more than anything, ” he said. “That’s where you get concerned.” That concern must turn into wins for their remaining two games to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Losing to the Dallas Cowboys (9-4) Sunday didn’t make matters any better for the WFT. The only positives (if they’re any...) will be opportunities for other players to step up and deliver. Whether or not they can will be thoroughly examined, considering the last four games are all divisional and three out of the four are away games.
WFT COVID-19 Report Is Heartbreaking, But All Is Not Lost
In this Pandemic era, this is the new normal. Adjustments will happen. The depth Rivera speaks about will test team readiness. It’s not about having the brightest stars on the team, but having a strong, healthy depth chart. He gets that. As for Allen and Mayo, there fate will be in trusting the NFL/NFL Players Association COVID-19 protocols. The 95-page guidance states players who test positive must receive two negatives tests 24 hours apart and test every week or as directed by medical staff. All Washington has to do is endure. Prior to Sunday’s loss they were on a four-game tear across the league. They have beaten some of the best teams this season. They can rebound if they can just hold on four more games.