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.
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.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.