Covid Update for Dec. 22, 2021

The Covid numbers continue to spike in the NFL and as of today we are up to 197 players on the Reserve/Covid list (this includes PS players) across 29 teams in the NFL (unless we are missing someone the 49ers, Colts, and Falcons have no players listed). Here is the list as of today.

TeamPlayersSalary Cap
Browns19$59,331,554
Chiefs15$49,605,674
Chargers11$39,670,052
Bears10$33,216,964
Football Team11$25,089,127
Bills7$23,196,843
Texans14$22,748,219
Seahawks10$19,654,607
Ravens15$19,410,982
Jets18$17,303,911
Giants9$15,110,625
Lions6$12,523,183
Rams10$10,363,732
Steelers6$10,170,779
Packers2$9,219,742
Panthers4$6,688,501
Bengals1$6,038,235
Patriots5$5,915,388
Eagles3$5,260,516
Broncos1$5,000,000
Cardinals2$3,935,000
Dolphins4$3,909,664
Jaguars1$3,231,122
Titans3$2,957,837
Raiders3$2,215,763
Cowboys2$2,203,042
Saints2$1,802,591
Vikings2$728,933
Buccaneers1$330,000
TOTAL197$416,832,586

the NFL has revised protocols which should allow players to return quicker than before. The NFL postponed three games last week due to Covid and the magic number seemed to be 20 players on Covid caused a postponement. currently the Browns lead the league with 19 players, but they were greatly impacted last week and it should be expected to see their numbers go down.

The Jets are second with 18 players and that has been mainly over the last few days. Jets head coach Robert Saleh also tested positive. That would be a team to keep an eye out for if the NFL needed to postpone a game, though Im not sure anyone would be too excited about the prospects of a Jets/Jaguars primetime game this week.

The Chiefs have 15 players on the Covid list and are second to the Browns with $49 million in cap dollars on the sidelines, so these are heavy hitters unlike the Jets list. They have a big afternoon game Sunday against the Steelers which is the national game for the late window. I would imagine the NFL would strongly consider holding this one if the Chiefs are not in a position to subtract from the list and it continues to grow, This game would be a clear ratings winner if moved but would really damage the NFLs afternoon slate this Sunday.

The Ravens also have 15 players on Covid as they head into a big game with the Bengals. If their surge continues it would make some sense to hold this off. I would also guess that from a TV perspective this game would do very well as a national standalone game.

Finally the Texans have 14 players on the Covid list. They were in the middle of the Covid list last week so hopefully their number drop down rather than increase higher.

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