The Los Angeles Rams announced on Saturday that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and five other players have been activated from the reserve/COIVD-19 list.
LA Rams Transactions:
• Activated, from Practice Squad (COVID-19 Replacement) LB Anthony Hines III, WR Brandon Powell
• Activated, from Reserve WR Odell Beckham Jr., DB Dont’e Deayon, RB Darrell Henderson Jr., LB Justin Hollins, TE Brycen Hopkins, T Alaric Jackson
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 18, 2021
On Tuesday, Beckham and several other Rams players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the upcoming Week 15 clash with the Seattle Seahawks.
Rams head coach Sean McVay later noted that the players moved to the team's reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday are all vaccinated.
Under the NFL’s previous COVID-19 protocols, a vaccinated player who tests positive would need to not only produce two negative tests 24 hours apart but also be asymptomatic before earning the green light to return. However, the NFL updated its protocols this past week in order to allow for those who are vaccinated to return much quicker. Such players would now be cleared with two PCR tests or two Mesa tests — or one of each — that come back as negative.
It is not currently known as to which route that Beckham took to be taken off of the reserve/COVID-19 list. Nonetheless, the veteran wideout is on track to feature for the Rams’ critical NFC West contest with the Seahawks.
The Rams also moved running back Darrell Henderson Jr. to the active roster for Week 15. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 11, which forced him to miss the team’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals last week.
Beckham and Henderson will have a bit more time to prepare for the Rams’ divisional showdown with the Seahawks. The NFL announced on Friday that the game was moved to Tuesday due to the Rams' rise in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
The Rams need a victory over the Seahawks to keep their aspirations alive at a possible NFC West title. A win in this contest could clinch them a playoff spot pending several other results in Week 15.