WFT COVID-19 Updates: Hienicke, Allen Added

Taylor Heinicke #4 of the Washington Football Team reacts after throwing an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at FedExField on December 12, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Washington Football Team COVID-19 list shows signs of decline. According to reports there will be some players returning from being on the COVID-19 list. This is good news, considering there were more than 20 players on the list as of Saturday.
CBS Sports reported Saturday the following defensive linemen will return to action: Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, James Smith-Williams, and Casey Toohill. But they added Quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen. On Sunday, head coach Ron Rivera told media both men are doing well. He added they may be one Monday test away from clearance. Even if that is the case, Washington isn’t taking chances, signing former New England Patriot Garrett Gilbert last Friday. Gilbert has played one game this season coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilbert was 21 out of 38 for 243 yards, one touchdown and interception in their 24-19 loss.

Washington Football Team COVID-19 List Shows Part of a Bigger League Issue

The Washington Football Team COVID-19 list only shows a fraction of what’s going on throughout the league. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted last week more than 100 players across the league tested positive for COVID-19.

The NFL’s response consists of updates to their COVID-19 protocols. According to a memo obtained by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, all players and tiered staff will now be subject to “stringent symptom screening”. The screening will occur before entering a team facility each day. The memo was sent to every team Dec. 16. For Washington, it doesn’t change the fact fans will see some new faces mixed into the depth chart Tuesday. Needless to say Tuesday’s game will be a story of missed practices, new faces, and a test on how well the team prepared having two extra days. If they beat the Philadelphia Eagles, they’ll inch closer to a playoff position, and earn a major morale victory.

Considering the week they’ve had, that would be nice.

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  1. Pingback: Ron Rivera: No Excuses in 27-17 Loss to Eagles - Championship Sports Media

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