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Jaguars place 12 practice squad players on COVID-19 list

Doug Marrone, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed 12 of their practice squad players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, ahead of their scheduled game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Although there has only been one confirmed positive case thus far, the move to quarantine the dozen Jaguars players is a precaution taken as a result of the team’s contact tracing procedures. While the identity of the player who tested positive has yet to be determined, there is ample belief within the organization that the positive test will not affect their scheduled game, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Though the Jaguars shuttered their practice facility Saturday afternoon, the team has been vigilant in following the NFL guidelines meant to mitigate the threat of a potential spread between the practice squad and active roster, by having the two groups remain separated throughout all activities.

According to the guidelines agreed to between the NFL and the players’ association, players determined to have come in close contact to an individual who has tested positive must meet the following criteria before being declared eligible to return:

  • Receive a second negative test within 24 hours of initial negative test;
  • Be subject to increased symptom monitoring;
  • Undergo eight days of daily virus testing;
  • Subject to regular testing schedule thereafter

The positive test is the organization’s second of the season, following running back Ryquell Armstead’s case early in September. Though the second-year running back was the only player to test positive at the time, he has yet to suit up for the franchise this season, due to lingering issues related to the virus, per Pro Football Talk.